NFU Applauds Congressional Action Requesting Immediate Support for U.S. Dairy Farmers

July 28, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 28, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 WASHINGTON (July 28, 2016) – As the dairy industry faces significant market and policy setbacks, National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded today’s action by members of Congress requesting immediate support for U.S. dairy farmers. In a letter sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack, 27 … Read More

Getting Ready for FSMA

July 27, 2016Farm Safety, Farming Practices, FSMA

Brief Background on FSMA The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in January 2011. It authorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take a preventive approach to ensuring a safe food supply. FSMA contains seven major rules dealing with all aspects of the food supply chain. Brief Background on the … Read More

FWW, NFU Appeal to Foreign Investment Oversight Committee to Block ChemChina/Syngenta Acquisition

July 21, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 21, 2016 Contact: Food & Water Watch: Kate Fried, 202-683-4905, National Farmers Union: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106, WASHINGTON (July 21, 2016) – Given the latest effort in an alarming trend of Chinese government-owned entities acquiring other agriculture companies, Food & Water Watch (FWW) and National Farmers Union (NFU) are urging the Committee … Read More

Climate Column: Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Introduction

July 18, 2016Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education At the 2016 National Farmers Union (NFU) convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, NFU members established that the organization should “lead efforts to help educate family farmers, ranchers and rural communities about how to adapt to the effects of climate change on their respective operations” and “support efforts … Read More

NFU Stands Firm Against Further Market Consolidation in Opposition to Latest Bayer/Monsanto Merger Proposal

July 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 WASHINGTON (July 14, 2016) – The agriculture inputs sector has faced a troubling trend of consolidation and depressed competition. In response to today’s announcement of the latest proposal by Bayer AG to purchase Monsanto Co., National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following … Read More

NFU Selects Dairy Farmer Members to Emergency Planning Committee to Address Industry Woes

July 14, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 WASHINGTON (July 14, 2016) – As the U.S. dairy industry continues to face an extended period of low milk prices and challenges associated with cash flow, National Farmers Union (NFU), in conjunction with state Farmers Union divisions, has formed an emergency planning committee to … Read More

Spoiler Alert & Healthy Acadia: A Food Donation and Case Study

July 14, 2016Conservation, Consumers, Direct to Consumer, Environment, Farm Economics, Food Hubs, Food Justice, Nutrition, Regional Food Systems

Guest blog post by: Farmers Union member, Spoiler Alert Healthy Acadia is a Maine-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to build healthy communities. In partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Healthy Acadia coordinates gleaning opportunities throughout Hancock and Washington counties, a region characterized by significant levels of poverty and food insecurity. Healthy Acadia connects volunteers … Read More

Member Profile: Hudson Valley Farm Hub

July 11, 2016Beginning Farmers, Educational Opportunities

ProFarmer Training Program at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub The ProFarmer Training Program is an educational initiative of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, a 1,255-acre not-for-profit farm in Hurley, New York. Through demonstration, research, and farmer training, they provide education and raise awareness about agricultural practices that are locally rooted, equitable, ecologically regenerative, and economically … Read More

NFU Public Comments Strongly Encourage EPA to Increase 2017 RFS Volume Levels

July 7, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 7, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 WASHINGTON (July 7, 2016) – On behalf of nearly 200,000 family farm and ranch members, National Farmers Union (NFU) submitted public comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, advocating for the agency to adjust their proposed Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volume obligations … Read More