America’s Farm Organizations Must Step Forward to Meet Demographic Challenges

July 1, 2015Beginning Farmers, Farm Demographics, Farm Transfer Issues, Farmer Leaders, National Farmers Union

GUEST BLOG POST By Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union Oftentimes, it’s not until life presents us with new obstacles that we reassess the situation, discover untapped resources, unused talent or new approaches that could be harnessed to meet the challenge. The lack of abundant rainfall for farming certain crops, for example, has led to … Read More

COOL Supporters Mount Last-Ditch Effort to Sidetrack Repeal

June 9, 2015Country of Origin Labeling, Meat and Poultry, National Farmers Union, Trade

GUEST BLOG POST By Spencer Chase at Agri-Pulse. Reprinted by permission. As the House of Representatives readies a vote to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL), supporters of the controversial rule are making a last-ditch effort to save it from full repeal. Today, a coalition of 283 agricultural, environment, consumer, and faith-based organizations sent a letter … Read More

Grants Available to Fund Rural Business Development

May 10, 2015Funding Opportunities, National Farmers Union

GUEST BLOG POST By Barbara Patterson, government relations representative, National Farmers Union The renewal of rural America through increased business and agriculture cooperative development remains at the forefront of Farmers Union’s mission. One program for these purposes is the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG), something NFU has been an advocate for since the mid-1990s. NFU voiced its support for the program … Read More

Dairy Farmer Chelsea Kruse on Finding Farming

April 27, 2015Beginning Farmers, Dairy, Educational Opportunities, Farmer Leaders, Farmer Profile, National Farmers Union, NEFU Members, Women Producers

Chelsea Kruse delivered this talk at the National Farmers Union convention in Wichita, Kansas, in March. My name is Chelsea Kruse, I’m a member of New England Farmers Union and a student of the 2014 Beginning Farmers Institute. I grew up in a very rural and unknown corner of New Hampshire, but I have no … Read More

Educational Opportunities Abound at Farmers Union

March 26, 2015Beginning Farmers, Educational Opportunities, Farmer Leaders, National Farmers Union, NEFU Members

Do you or does someone you know plan to study agriculture this fall? Would a scholarship help? New England Farmers Union Education Foundation is offering its first $500 scholarship to a student who will study any agriculture-related field at an accredited college or university. Returning and nontraditional students are eligible. Applicants must be a member … Read More

EPA Official Discusses Water Rule at NFU Convention

March 18, 2015Country of Origin Labeling, Environment, Meat and Poultry, National Farmers Union

GUEST BLOG POST By Dan Voorhis of the Wichita Eagle U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday that she regretted how her agency handled the rollout of the controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rules that have many farm leaders complaining about federal infringement on private property. She spoke at the National Farmers Union convention … Read More

Secretary Vilsack: $97 Million for New Programs for Farmers

March 16, 2015Alternative Energy, Beginning Farmers, Census of Agriculture, Consumers, Farm Bill 2013, farm-to-school, National Farmers Union, Risk Management, Socially Disadvantaged Farmers, Specialty Crops, USDA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced $97 million in programs to support the continued development of farmers markets, farm to school efforts and rural economies and will also expand risk management tools for specialty crops and limited-resource farmers. “Increasing market opportunities for local food producers is a sound investment in America’s rural economies, … Read More

Shaping the Vision of Family Farming from the Grassroots Up

March 3, 2015Grass Roots Policy, National Farmers Union, NEFU Members, Regional Policy

Many Washington, D.C.-based organizations brag about their grassroots membership, either implying or outright claiming that they understand and are in constant contact with the pulse of the people. But at National Farmers Union, we not only claim to be committed to being a grassroots organization, our structure and bylaws are completely written and voted on … Read More