NFU Welcomes Effort to Broaden Disaster Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers

July 27, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 27, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303.819.8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The House Agriculture Committee today approved a disaster bill that would broaden the assistance available to farmers and ranchers affected by extreme weather events. In addition to extending the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+), the WHIP+ Milk Loss Program, and the … Read More

What Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition Means for Agriculture

July 15, 2021Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Director To address corporate consolidation in nearly every sector, President Joe Biden last week signed a sweeping executive order aimed at promoting competition and fairness throughout the economy. The order includes 72 directives that will be carried out by 12 federal agencies, many of which target the agricultural sector: It will offer … Read More

Higher Octane Fuel Standard Would Benefit Drivers, Farmers, Rural Communities, and the Environment

July 12, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 12, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303.819.8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updates its greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger vehicles and light duty trucks, a coalition of farm, biofuels, and environmental organizations is urging the administration to propose a higher octane fuel standard. In a letter sent today … Read More

Blistering Temperatures Scorch Crops, Threaten Farmers and Workers

July 2, 2021Blog

This week, the Northwestern U.S. has experienced some of its hottest temperatures ever, with some cities and towns surpassing previous record highs by double digits.  The heat wave, which is unquestionably related to anthropomorphic climate change, is deeply concerning for a number of reasons. For one, heat can be extremely deadly, especially in regions that don’t experience it often … Read More

USDA’s Reassessment of “Product of USA” Label is Encouraging, Farmers Union Says

July 1, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – To complement the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) efforts to strengthen the enforcement of “Made in the USA” standard, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it would conduct a “top-to-bottom review” of the voluntary “Product of the USA” label. National Farmers … Read More

Farmers Union Opposes Longer Mail Delivery Times

June 22, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON –  A proposal to permanently slow down First-Class Mail delivery would be “catastrophic” for family farmers, National Farmers Union (NFU) indicated in comments submitted today to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Because rural areas often lack both services like banks, pharmacies, polling places, … Read More

Beekeepers Work to Protect Hives By Keeping Them Local

June 22, 2021Blog

With honey bee populations declining at rapid rates, beekeepers, farmers and consumers alike are grasping for solutions that will tackle the big picture problems like climate change. Ang Roell, however, believes change starts on a much smaller scale – one the size of a thumbnail. Ang is the author of Radicalize the Hive and founder … Read More

NFU Recommends Steps to Strengthen Resilience in Food Supply Chain

June 21, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 21, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Over the last year and a half, the pandemic, natural disasters, and cybersecurity breaches have revealed deep weaknesses in our food and farm systems, according to National Farmers Union (NFU). In comments submitted today to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the organization’s … Read More

Celebrate Juneteenth By Keeping Our Promises to Black Farmers

June 18, 2021Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Director Until recently, Juneteenth has been celebrated only in certain Black communities, with barbecues, parades, rodeos, and other festivities. A portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth,” the holiday marks the day that the final enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, were freed following the Emancipation Proclamation ­­– undoubtedly an event worth remembering. … Read More