Farmers Union Urges USDA to Proactively Address Farm Suicide Crisis

May 15, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Many farmers and ranchers are coping with alarming levels of stress, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) should serve a critical role in providing support to farmers in crisis, according to the nation’s second largest general farm organization. National Farmers Union … Read More

NFU Statement on White House Agreement on RFS

May 9, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The White House convened its final scheduled meeting yesterday on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and future of the biofuel industry, bringing together lawmakers and stakeholders from the oil and biofuel industries. The meeting concluded with an agreement to allow year-round use … Read More

Farmer’s Share of Retail Food Dollar Hits New Low

May 4, 2018Press Releases

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – For every dollar consumers spend on food, the farmer receives just 14.8 cents, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The figure represents a 5 percent decrease from the previous year’s data and the lowest “farm share” since USDA began reporting … Read More

NFU Board Opposes Current House Version of Farm Bill — Farmers Union Urges Significant Improvements Before Passage

April 25, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors today passed a resolution in opposition to the current state of the 2018 Farm Bill as passed by the House Agriculture Committee last week. The Board called on House members to make significant improvements to … Read More

NFU Lauds Congressional Support for Long-term Farm Safety Net Solution to Potential Trade Damages

April 19, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a letter sent to President Donald Trump yesterday, twenty members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee urged the administration to support long-term solutions in the Farm Bill that would ensure an adequate farm safety net for family farmers and ranchers who … Read More

NFU Applauds Introduction of FARMERS FIRST Bill in Senate

April 19, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of Senators today introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to provide mental health resources in rural America to address the alarmingly high rate of suicide amongst farmers and ranchers. The bill, Facilitating Accessible Resources for Mental Health and Encouraging … Read More

Current House Farm Bill Fails to Meet Needs of Family Farmers — NFU Opposes Current Version, Suggests Significant Improvements

April 18, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Agriculture Committee today marked up the 2018 Farm Bill, H.R. 2, sending the bill to the full U.S. House of Representatives for its consideration. National Farmers Union (NFU), the nation’s second largest general farm organization, opposes the legislation as … Read More

Farm Leaders Visit Opioid Memorial in Show of Unity

April 17, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2018 CONTACT National Farmers Union: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org American Farm Bureau Federation: Will Rodger, 202-406-3642, willr@fb.org WASHINGTON – The presidents of the nation’s two largest general farm organizations today visited the “Prescribed to Death” opioid memorial in Washington, D.C., in a show of unity to address the national opioid … Read More

NFU Appreciates House Ag Committee Work on Farm Bill, Urges Stronger Provisions for Family Farmers Amidst Financial Struggles

April 12, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway today released the heavily anticipated text of a new Farm Bill. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson thanked the committee for their work to put together a farm bill and encouraged Congress to work … Read More

NFU Applauds E15 Waiver, Says More Needs to be Done for Higher Blends of Ethanol

April 12, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today announced the administration would allow the year-round sale of E15, or gasoline blends comprised of 15 percent ethanol, which had previously been barred from being sold in the summer. National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the President’s move and … Read More

NFU Supports Establishment of Meat and Beef Labeling Requirements

April 10, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 10, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As new, alternative “beef” products make their way onto grocery store shelves, National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraging federal officials to establish labeling requirements that better inform consumers about the difference between beef products that come from cattle and those that were … Read More

EPA’s Undermining of RFS Through Waivers Must Cease, NFU Says

April 4, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has improperly handled the administration of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by lowering total volume requirements and granting “hardship waivers” to large corporations, according to National Farmers Union (NFU). NFU President Roger Johnson sent a letter … Read More

NFU Calls for Plan to Protect Family Farmers from Brunt of Trade War

April 4, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In the latest of a series of tariff threats between the United States and China, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOC) this morning announced plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of U.S. goods, including soybeans, corn, beef, … Read More

EPA Administrator Issued RFS Waivers to Large Refiner: Reuters — Action Undermines American Biofuel Industry, Farm Prices and Rural Economies, NFU Says

April 3, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – According to Reuters, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exempted one of the nation’s largest oil refining companies from having to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2016. The agency granted “hardship waivers” to three of the refiners’ operations despite … Read More

Trump Administration Unveils Trade Actions Against China — NFU Laments Administration’s ‘Bull in a China Shop’ Approach, Urges Tactful Process to Address Trade Woes

March 22, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The Trump administration today unveiled trade actions against China that will likely spur significant retaliatory measures aimed at U.S. agricultural products. The move is in response to a U.S. Trade Representative office investigation on China’s violations of intellectual property rights. National Farmers … Read More

NFU Disappointed by Harmful Modifications of Section 199A in Omnibus Package

March 21, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Congressional appropriators revealed an omnibus appropriations bill today that includes significant and harmful modifications to an important tax break for farmers and agricultural cooperatives, known as Section 199A. The tax break was included in last year’s tax overhaul, the Tax Cuts and … Read More

NFU Celebrates National Agriculture Day — Recognizes Family Farmers’ Full Breadth of Contributions to Everyday Life

March 20, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As the national agriculture community joins together to celebrate National Agriculture Day, National Farmers Union (NFU) is recognizing family farmers and ranchers for the wide array of contributions they make to consumers’ everyday life. This year’s National Ag Day theme is “Food … Read More

NFU Applauds Introduction of STRESS Act — Bill Provides Assistance to Struggling Farmers Amidst Farm Economy Decline

March 14, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 14, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The STRESS Act, introduced by U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), Tom O’Halleran (R-Ariz.), Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), David Young (R-Iowa), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), would provide vital assistance to family … Read More

NFU Urges Congress to Reject Elimination of Section 199A

March 14, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 14, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Members of Congress are proposing to undo a newly instated tax break that is meant to level the playing field between agricultural cooperatives and corporations who received a dramatic tax break under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. National Farmers Union (NFU) … Read More

Organic Livestock Standards Rule Withdrawn to Detriment of Family Farmers, Organic Label

March 12, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today withdrew the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule, a set of standards that organic producers would have had to meet to qualify for the voluntary organic label for livestock and poultry. USDA’s move … Read More

NFU Urges Administration Against RINs Cap — E15 Summertime Waiver Is Win-Win for RFS Stakeholders, Organization Says

March 9, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Trump Administration officials will meet leaders from biofuel and oil companies on Monday to end the current impasse over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). One proposal being floated by oil company representatives would put a cap on prices for Renewable Identification Numbers, … Read More

NFU Board Urges New Approach to Establish Fair Trade — Organization Opposes Administration’s Tactics

March 7, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Board of Directors today urged President Trump to adopt a new, positive approach to establishing fair trade relationships with U.S. trading partners. The organization, a longtime “fair trade” proponent, is concerned the administration’s tactics threaten U.S. relationships with … Read More

NFU Concludes 116th Anniversary Convention

March 6, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) 116th Anniversary Convention concluded today following the adoption of the organization’s policy book and special orders of business. Nearly 500 family farmers and ranchers convened in Kansas City, Missouri, to engage in thoughtful policy deliberations … Read More

NFU Honors Art Cullen for Excellence in Agriculture Communications

March 5, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Art Cullen, through his series of editorials in The Storm Lake Times, shed light on dark money that was undermining the interests of rural Iowa residents and family farmers. For his resolution in challenging powerful interests and his … Read More