Access to Markets: Cooperatives Benefit Beginning Farmers

August 14, 2018Beginning Farmers

By Jake Stukenberg, NFU Intern Cooperatives can provide services and products that help young and beginning farmers start up their own operations. Whether you are a dairy farmer, a grain farmer, or even a consumer in need of some tools, there are a variety of cooperatives, both regionally and nationally, that can cater to your … Read More

Farm Bureau and Farmers Union Call for Swift Farm Bill Passage

August 13, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2018 CONTACT NFU: Andrew Jerome, 202.314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org AFBF: Will Rodger, 202.406.3642, willr@fb.org WASHINGTON – The two largest farming groups in the United States today called for swift passage of the farm bill by a congressional conference committee. Faced with the lowest farm income in 12 years, the presidents of the American Farm Bureau … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Markets for Climate-Smart Ag Products in Colorado

August 13, 2018Climate Column

By Kiana Brockel, NFU Intern, & Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Regular readers of NFU’s Climate Column know there are many ways farmers can mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers farmers technical and financial support to … Read More

Markets and Infrastructure: Farmers Markets

August 8, 2018Women Farmers Weekly

By Olivia Taylor-Puckett, Manager of the Lawrence Farmers’ Market When I walk through the Lawrence Farmers’ Market, the majority of the faces behind the tables are those of women. Ours is the oldest, and largest, producer-only market in Kansas, and we’re grateful to say we have 87 vendor members. Of those 87 businesses, 23 are … Read More

Access to Markets: Cooperatives Support Rural Communities

August 7, 2018Beginning Farmers

By Jake Stukenberg, NFU Intern Cooperatives have proven to be one of the most beneficial business models, particularly in rural areas where certain services or products would be unavailable to residents. Services, such as credit unions, cooperatively owned grocery stores, and community organized farmers markets, can provide not only services to a community, but job … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Markets for Climate-Smart Ag Products in Arkansas

August 7, 2018Climate Column

By Kiana Brockel, NFU Intern, & Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Regular Climate Column readers know that there are many actions farmers can take to mitigate the effects of climate change. There is no one-size-fits-all solution however – the appropriate approach depends on location and its climate, topography, crops grown, and … Read More

Networking & Community: Why April Prusia Joined Soil Sisters

July 25, 2018Women Farmers Weekly

By April Prusia, Co-Owner/Operator of Dorothy’s Range Soil Sisters is a network of more than 150 Wisconsin women farmers who offer each other support, collaboration, and community. One of those women is April Prusia, who runs Dorothy’s Range, offering heritage pork, feeders and breeding stock as well as a farm experience with overnight rentals. The … Read More

Access to Markets: Member-Owner Responsibility to a Cooperative

July 25, 2018Beginning Farmers

By Jake Stukenberg, NFU Intern The most definitive aspect of the cooperative business model is that the members or producers own the business. This allows producers to drive their cooperative into the direction that benefits the producers, not private interests of outside stakeholders. With this power of directive comes the greater responsibility to stay active, … Read More

White House Announces Trade Aid for Farmers — Farmers Union Urges Long-Term Fix

July 24, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The Trump administration today announced a $12 billion plan to provide emergency aid to farmers amidst an escalating trade war with China and other trading partners. The plan will include direct assistance, a food purchase and distribution program, and a trade promotion … Read More

House Votes to Send Farm Bill to Conference

July 18, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to send the farm bill to conference, the process by which the House and U.S. Senate remedy differences between their respective versions of the farm bill. A conference committee of members from the House and … Read More