A Change of Perspective

October 4, 2012Blog

By Stephanie Brase When I was younger, and someone would ask me what I’d like to become, my reply was “I don’t know yet, –but I definitely don’t want to work in an office!” That was an attitude that I kept through the years. And, lo and behold, I ended up applying for an internship … Read More

RFS: Supporting the Midwest not the Middle East

October 3, 2012Blog

By Anya Gandy & Jan Ahlen The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) keeps United States’ energy dollars where they belong,  powering America’s economy. With RFS we have reduced our dependence on foreign oil from 60 percent in 2005 to 45 percent today. And the potential benefits from advanced biofuels are even greater. Switchgrass alone has been … Read More

"Farm bill now!" or "Farm bill when convenient for House leadership!"?

September 21, 2012Blog

By NFU government relations staff This past week, House Republican and Democratic leadership battled over farm bill inaction. The 2008 Farm Bill expires on Sept. 30, 2012, and NFU, other interested organizations, and supporting members of Congress from both parties had been waiting to see if House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Majority Leader … Read More

EPA’s 2017-­‐2025 Light Duty Vehicle Rule Discourages Alternative Fuel Use 25x’25 Partners Brief

August 28, 2012Blog

National Farmers Union, as part of a coalition with eight other organizations, wrote the following Brief: EPA’s 2017‐2025 Light Duty Vehicle Rule Discourages Alternative Fuel Use 25x’25 Partners Brief While there are a number of obstacles impeding further growth in alternative energy, few are as critical as the joint EPA/NHTSA proposed rules establishing light-­‐dutyvehicle GHG … Read More

Farm Bill Now Coalition Unites Nation’s Farm Groups in Push for New Farm Bill

August 22, 2012Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, Government Relations Representative National Farmers Union has joined a coalition of 39 of the nation’s foremost agricultural organizations in an effort to raise public awareness of the need for Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before current farm programs expire in September. The coalition, called Farm Bill Now, comprises … Read More

25×25 Alliance’s Op-Ed on Renewable Fuels

August 21, 2012Blog

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin & Tom Ewing from 25×25 Alliance wrote an Op-Ed today titled Leave Renewable Fuels Standard Alone. Below is the Op-Ed which was published today in Politico. Leave Renewable Fuels Standard Alone August 21, 2012 Politico Stephanie Herseth Sandlin & Tom Ewing America is suffering from the worst drought since the Dust Bowl. … Read More

USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Rebecca Blue, On Attending NFU's Recent Women's Conference

July 30, 2012Blog

Editor’s note: The following blog post was written by USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Rebecca Blue. It is reposted here with permission. Blue recently wrote about her experience attending the NFU’s Women’s Conference, held last month in Bailey, Colo. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of participating in a … Read More

New FSA Microloan Program is a Win for Family Farmers

July 27, 2012Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU Government Relations Representative In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a proposed rule for a new microloan program within the existing Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) operating loan program. FSA proposes to offer annual or term microloans of up to $35,000 that feature a streamlined application process and less stringent requirements in order … Read More

Time Well Spent

July 25, 2012Blog

As my time is Washington is quickly waning, it is hard to look back and believe that I have already been here for over two months.  It seems like only yesterday that I said goodbye to my family and boarded an airplane for the first time, and set off to explore an exciting new chapter … Read More

Biotechnology and the House Farm Bill

July 20, 2012Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, Government Relations Representative One area in which the farm bill draft recently passed by the House Committee on Agriculture differed significantly from the version of the bill passed by the Senate last month was a section dealing with agricultural biotechnology. These provisions, found in the horticulture title of the House bill, would … Read More