NFU Intern Reflects on Her Summer in Washington, D.C.

August 25, 2011Blog

By Amy Czerniak, NFU Intern As my summer as a National Farmers Union (NFU) intern draws to a close, I am struck by how quickly the past few months have flown by and at the amount I have learned in such a short period of time.  When I journeyed to Washington, D.C., at the beginning … Read More

NFU Travels on Renewables and Rural Energy Opportunities Study Tour

August 23, 2011Blog

By Jan Ahlen, NFU Climate and Energy Coordinator Editor’s note:  NFU Climate and Energy Coordinator Jan Ahlen and a group of leaders from across the United States are in Europe from Aug. 21 to Aug. 27 to participate in the Renewables and Rural Energy Opportunities Study Tour organized by Ecologic Institute and the Atlantic Council … Read More

NFU Celebrates 2012 as International Year of Cooperatives

August 15, 2011Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU Government Relations Representative   NFU is proud to join the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Senate and countless other agricultural, consumer, business and social justice organizations worldwide in celebrating 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives. The NFU board of directors recently adopted a Co-op resolution recognizing this special event. … Read More

NFU Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

August 8, 2011Blog

By Tony Jarboe, NFU Communications Coordinator U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared this week, Aug. 7-13, to be National Farmers Market Week. In his proclamation, Secretary Vilsack said that “thousands of farmers markets across the country offer consumers affordable, convenient, and the healthful products sold directly to consumers in their freshest possible state.” … Read More

NFU Interns Participate in Meet and Greet With Secretary of Agriculture

August 3, 2011Blog

By Amy Czerniak, NFU Intern Jordan and I attended a small intern meet and greet with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Friday afternoon. With many important decisions both on the horizon and currently being made in Washington, D.C., Secretary Vilsack held a question and answer session to both learn what agriculture interns are … Read More

New NFU Promotional Video

August 2, 2011Video

By Tony Jarboe, NFU Communications Coordinator NFU has a new promotional video with sights and sounds from the 2011 convention. The video features a variety of speakers highlighting some of NFU’s strengths and beliefs, as well as a few snappy one-liners by friends of NFU. Speakers in the video discuss some of the issues that … Read More

Devastating Flooding: No End in Sight

August 1, 2011Blog

Richard Oswald, Missouri Farmers Union president, was a panelist at a briefing held last week by Rep. Carnahan, D-Mo., sharing his experiences with the devastating floods this year. The following is from his presentation: My wife Linda, our son Ryan and I are out of our home near Langdon, Mo., due to flooding. The house … Read More

NFU President’s Month on the Road

August 1, 2011Blog

By Roger Johnson, NFU President Over the past four weeks, I had the opportunity to visit many states throughout the Midwest. I set off in late June on a month-long adventure with stops in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan. I drove many miles and saw a lot of countryside. The weather … Read More

Act Today to Protect Small Leafy Green Growers

July 27, 2011Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU Government Relations Representative The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently published a proposed rule to establish a proposed national marketing agreement regulating leafy green vegetables. This rulemaking was the result of a request by the largest players in the industry, who asked for regulations based on the statewide agreements established in … Read More

FSA Receives Technological Makeover

July 26, 2011Blog

By Tony Jarboe, NFU Communications Coordinator The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has undertaken an initiative to make some major technological changes that will centralize farmers’ and ranchers’ data, and help the agency deliver services and payments more quickly. The initiative, known as “Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems,” or … Read More