Registration Open for NFU Women’s Conference

December 7, 2015National Farmers Union, Women Producers

NFU holds an annual conference aimed at providing women farmers the resources they need to enhance their knowledge of their family farm operation and learn the value of leadership in rural communities and cooperatives. The conference builds on NFU’s experience in offering adult education classes specifically designed for women in agriculture and provides participants with … Read More

Convention Paints Strong Picture of Local Agriculture

November 12, 2015Beginning Farmers, Climate Change, Conservation, Consumers, Cooperatives, Country of Origin Labeling, Direct to Consumer, Farm Bill, Farm Bill 2013, Farm Demographics, Farm Economics, Farm Transfer Issues, Farm Workers, farm-to-school, Farm-to-Table, Farmer Leaders, Farmers Markets, Farmland Preservation, Food Hubs, Food Labels, FSA, FSMA, Grass Roots Policy, National Farmers Union, NEFU Members, Regional Food Systems, Regional Policy, SNAP, Trade, USDA

New England Farmers Union’s sixth annual convention, Gearing Up for Success, drew roughly 60 members of the farming community when it met on Nov. 6-8 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. Attendees heard from national, regional, state, and local agricultural leaders on subjects such as federal agricultural policy, food safety, local and regional … Read More

Farmers Union Hails Cooperatives and the Empowerment They Bring to Rural America

October 1, 2015Cooperatives, National Farmers Union

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today hailed the nation’s many and varied cooperatives, noting that they have brought both political and economic might to family farmers, ranchers and rural America for over a century. “Since the founding of our organization 113 years ago, Farmers Union members have demonstrated that they not only believe … Read More

NFU Applauds Administration for International Climate Change Agreement

September 25, 2015Climate Change, National Farmers Union

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today applauded President Obama for issuing a joint statement with Chinese President Xi Jinping announcing the countries’ goals for an international climate agreement, citing the negative consequences climate change could have for global food security. “Climate change jeopardizes the security of the global food system,” Johnson said. “NFU … Read More

National Farmers Union Thanks Pope Francis For His Focus on Climate Change

September 24, 2015Climate Change, National Farmers Union

  National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today welcomed Pope Francis to the nation’s capital for the first-ever papal address of a joint session of Congress and specifically for the world-wide attention he has made for climate change. Johnson noted that the NFU board of directors recently selected climate change as the organization’s top … Read More

New England Fly-In Group’s Got Dairy Covered

September 21, 2015Dairy, Farmer Leaders, Fly-In, Grass Roots Policy, National Farmers Union, Organic Producers, Women Producers

Five New England Farmers Union members attended the 2015 National Farmers Union Legislative Fly-In last week, and three of the attendees are dairy farmers. Mary Castonguay milks Ayrshires in Maine; Allie Bates works on her family’s dairy farm and makes goat cheese, also in Maine. Both Castonguay and Bates are members of the Organic Valley … Read More

NFU Honors Outstanding Members of Congress with Golden Triangle Award

September 21, 2015Fly-In, National Farmers Union

National Farmers Union (NFU) presented 36 recipients with the Golden Triangle Award, the organization’s highest legislative honor. Nine of the recipients represent New England states. The annual award is presented to members of Congress who have demonstrated leadership and support policies that benefit America’s family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and rural communities. “Recipients of the Golden … Read More

NFU Supports CRP Enhancements, Notes Importance of Program to Both Environment and Food Security

September 11, 2015Conservation, National Farmers Union, USDA

  National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) supporting proposed improvements to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and noting the importance of the program for both the environment and domestic and global food security. “NFU appreciates USDA’s work to improve the efficacy of CRP and stands … Read More