NFU Stands Ready to Work With Biden-Harris Administration

January 20, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Following a swearing-in ceremony held at the U.S. Capitol, Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris today officially began their four-year terms as president and vice president of the United States. In a statement, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew extended his congratulations … Read More

Farmers Union Denounces Last Minute RFS Waivers

January 19, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – In its final hours under President Donald Trump’s jurisdiction, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued three waivers retroactively exempting oil refineries from their 2018 and 2019 obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The decision comes on the heels of the … Read More

Farmers Union Congratulates Dr. Jewel Bronaugh on Deputy Secretary Nomination

January 19, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden yesterday nominated Dr. Jewel Bronaugh to serve as his Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. If confirmed, she would be the first Black woman to hold the second-in-command position at the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). Dr. Bronaugh, who has been … Read More

U.S. Farm & Biofuel Leaders Condemn Rumors of Last-Minute RFS Waivers

January 13, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 13, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on President Trump to reject last-minute attacks on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and American farmers throughout the country, a plan reported to be under consideration by Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). … Read More

Farm & Biofuel Coalition Rejects EPA’s Excuses for Failing to Comply with 2017 Court Order

January 7, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Today, a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed its reply in support of its motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. The motion, originally filed on November 23, 2020, asks the court to … Read More

Farmers Union Condemns Violent Effort to Undermine Democracy

January 6, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As Congress prepared to verify the results of the 2020 presidential election today, a group of far-right insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol building, vandalizing and stealing federal property, assaulting Capitol police officers, and threatening lawmakers with violence. The event, which occurred mere blocks … Read More

Farmers Union Welcomes Stimulus Package, Urges Biden Administration to Follow Up with Additional Assistance

December 21, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 21, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – After months of negotiations, Congress today passed a $900 billion pandemic relief bill. As the pandemic has worn on over the last several months, National Farmers Union (NFU) has repeatedly urged legislators to provide American families and businesses with the help they need … Read More

Rule Fails to Protect Farmers from Discriminatory Practices, According to Farmers Union

December 10, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON –Due to unchecked corporate consolidation in the livestock industry, family farmers and ranchers have been subject to unfair and anticompetitive practices. But a new rule finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) falls short of providing meaningful protections from such practices. The … Read More

Farmers Union Announces New Climate Change Policy Advisory Panel

December 9, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 9, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – To strengthen its ongoing efforts to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis, National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced its new Climate Change Policy Advisory Panel (CCPAP). The panel’s 16 family farmer and rancher members will inform the organization’s climate-related legislative work, educational programming, outreach, and communications. … Read More

EPA, DOJ Oppose Refiner Request for Supreme Court Review of Tenth Circuit Decision on RFS Exemptions

December 9, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 9, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON –  In a filing submitted yesterday, the Department of Justice recommended against Supreme Court review of the Tenth Circuit Court’s ruling earlier this year that invalidated several small refinery exemptions issued by EPA under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The DOJ filing is in … Read More

Vilsack to Reprise Role of Ag Secretary

December 8, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Several media outlets today reported that President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate Tom Vilsack to return to his previous post of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, which he held for eight years under President Barack Obama. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew released … Read More

Biofuels Coalition Files Brief Challenging 31 Small Refinery Exemptions in 2018

December 8, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, and National Farmers Union today filed a brief challenging EPA’s August 2019 decision to exempt 31 small refineries from their obligations to comply with the Renewable … Read More

NFU Congratulates Representatives Scott and Thompson on House Agriculture Committee Leadership Roles

December 3, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 3, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Georgia Representative David Scott was selected today by his fellow House Democrats to lead the House Agriculture Committee as its next chairman. Scott, the first Black legislator to hold the position, will be joined by Pennsylvania Representative Glenn Thompson, who was elected to … Read More

Justice for Black Farmers Act an “Important Step” Towards Racial Equity, Farmers Union Says

December 1, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Though there is a long, rich history of Black farmers in the United States, systemic racism has undermined their success and wrested the majority of their land away. In order to correct racial inequities in agricultural policies and institutions, Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth … Read More

Absence of RVOs Another Disappointment for Farmers, Biofuel Producers

November 30, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – With just hours until the statutory deadline, the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has still not issued its 2021 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), raising concerns that the RVOs will not be updated until the next administration takes … Read More

Farm & Biofuel Leaders Urge Courts to Hold EPA Accountable on Improper 2016 Waiver

November 23, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Today, a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to enforce its 2017 decision requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address its improper … Read More

Farmers Earn 11.9 Cents of Thanksgiving Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

November 18, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 18, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – For every dollar Americans spend on their Thanksgiving dinner this year, farmers and ranchers will earn approximately 11.9 cents, according to National Farmers Union (NFU). This marks a slight decline from 2019, when farmers claimed 12.15 cents of the Thanksgiving food dollar. Though … Read More

Alliance Unveils Unprecedented Climate Policy Recommendations

November 18, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2020 WASHINGTON – An alliance of groups representing farmers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments and environmental advocates today unveiled an unprecedented set of recommendations to guide the development of federal climate policy.  The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) was formed in February 2020 by four groups that … Read More

NFU Ready to Work with Biden Administration to Strengthen Rural Communities and the Food System

November 7, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – After several days of ballot counting and much anticipation, the Associated Press announced that former Vice President Joe Biden had won the 2020 U.S. presidential election. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew issued the following statement in response to the news: “The … Read More

Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement is “Shameful,” Farmers Union Says

November 4, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The United States today formally exited the Paris Climate Agreement, three-and-a-half years after President Donald Trump pledged to do so, citing “lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production.” One hundred and eighty-nine countries have ratified the historic agreement so … Read More

NFU Welcomes Fourteen Participants to its Beginning Farmer Institute

October 21, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 21, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As part of its ongoing efforts to support the next generation of American agriculture, National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced that fourteen participants had been selected for its tenth Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) cohort. Over the course of ten months, these beginning … Read More

Final Rule Fails to Address Structural Flaws in Conservation Stewardship Program

October 8, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a final rule detailing updates to its Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) as directed by the 2018 Farm Bill. In comparison to the interim rule, the final version places a greater emphasis on soil health – … Read More