Training Session Prepares Farmers Union Members to Respond to Farm Stress

March 11, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org SAVANNAH – As part of the organization’s broader initiative to address a growing farm stress crisis, National Farmers Union (NFU) last week hosted a two-day, in-person session to train community mental health advocates across the country. More than 30 Farmers Union members from 19 … Read More

NFU Concludes 118th Anniversary Convention

March 3, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 3, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org SAVANNAH – The National Farmers Union (NFU) 118th Anniversary Convention concluded today following the adoption of the organization’s policy book and special orders of business. More than 500 family farmers and ranchers convened in Savannah, Georgia, to set policy positions and priorities that support … Read More

Larew to Lead National Farmers Union as its Next President

March 2, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org SAVANNAH – Delegates to the National Farmers Union (NFU) 118th Anniversary Convention today elected Rob Larew to succeed Roger Johnson as the organization’s president. Patty Edelburg, a Wisconsin dairy farmer, was reelected to serve a second term as vice president. Larew and Edelburg’s two-year terms begin … Read More

Farmers Union Honors Leah Douglas for Excellence in Agriculture Communications

March 2, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org SAVANNAH – For her work investigating the effects of consolidation and monopolization in the food and agriculture sectors, National Farmers Union (NFU) today awarded Leah Douglas with its 2020 Milt Hakel Agriculture Communications Award. Douglas, who is currently an associate editor and staff writer … Read More

NFU Urges Public and Transparent Process for Any Future Trade Assistance

February 21, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Amidst reports that recent trade deals may have a more gradual and modest impact on agricultural exports than initially thought, President Donald Trump today tweeted that “aid will be provided by the federal government” if necessary. Though National Farmers Union (NFU) appreciates … Read More

USDA Announces Innovation Initiative; NFU Urges Agency to Take Decisive Action to Address Climate Crisis

February 20, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 20, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Responding to mounting environmental challenges confronting American food production and security, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a a new, department-wide innovation initiative “to align resources, programs, and research to position American agriculture to better meet future global demands.” In … Read More

NFU Recommends Improvements to Maximize Environment Benefits of EQIP

February 18, 2020Press Releases

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues 2018 Farm Bill implementation with the release of its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Interim Rule, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the agency to strengthen the conservation program to better support farmers … Read More

President’s Budget Shortchanges Farm Programs for the Fourth Year in a Row

February 10, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 10, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org  WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today released his proposed spending for fiscal year 2021. The $4.8 trillion budget would cut both mandatory and discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal agencies while boosting spending on infrastructure and defense initiatives. … Read More

Rural America Hasn’t Felt the “Great American Comeback” Touted by Trump

February 5, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 4, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Citing stock market gains, recent trade deals, and low unemployment rates, U.S. President Donald J. Trump tonight touted a “great American comeback” in his third State of the Union address. But as rural communities lag behind in many respects, this hardly paints … Read More