One Year Later, the GIPSA Rule Needs Your Help

June 23, 2011Blog

After one year, 60,000 comments and reams of press releases later, a rule that would put common sense rules back into the livestock market place still has not been finalized and implemented. NFU members are urged to call the White House this week to ask the Obama Administration implement these rules now. On June 22, … Read More

Proposed National Leafy Green Marketing Agreement is the Wrong Direction for Food Safety

June 21, 2011Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU Government Relations Representative The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently issued its 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 leafy greens industry, who petitioned USDA to write … Read More

Miss America Stands Up for Agriculture

June 20, 2011Blog

By Amy Czerniak, NFU Intern Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, and Larry Combest, former Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, hosted an intern luncheon Tuesday, June 14 in conjunction with The Hand That Feeds Us. I attended with great curiosity about what her message would be for that particular audience: young people … Read More

Putting the Brakes on Rising Gas Prices

June 16, 2011Blog

By Roger Johnson, NFU President In his original designs, Henry Ford believed that American automobiles would run on domestically produced, renewable ethanol. Today, however, Big Oil continues to enjoy $40 billion annually in subsidies and Americans are struggling to pay $4.00 per gallon of gasoline at the pump. Every year, we send $337 billion to … Read More

The Rich History and Tradition of Farmers Union

June 15, 2011Blog

By Tom Giessel, NFU Historian Farmers Union’s history is rich with colorful characters, amazing achievements, and both humorous and serious stories of endurance and survival. Virtually all Farmers Union organizational, business, legislative and social activities were prefaced and referenced with education.  It is no accident that “Education” takes a prominent place not only in our official … Read More

NFU All-States Camp Celebrates 75 Years

June 8, 2011Blog

By Maria Miller, NFU Education Director The men and women who first organized Farmers Union have been called pioneers, visionaries, and leaders, yet they should have been called teachers given their lasting contributions to the organization. Today, Farmers Union is a nationwide advocacy organization representing the interests of family farmers, ranchers, rural communities, and cooperative … Read More

USDA’s "MyPlate" is Positive Step for Americans, Poses Opportunity for Farm Community

June 3, 2011Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU Government Relations Representative Yesterday, June 2, 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled its new nutritional guide, “MyPlate,” replacing the food pyramid icon that had been in use since 1992. This guide builds on the recently revised Dietary Guidelines for Americans, unveiled in January. USDA’s focus on nutritional goals coincides … Read More


June 1, 2011Blog

A message from National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson: Welcome to the new National Farmers Union blog. I hope that you will join us in the dialogue about Farmers Union events throughout the country, education and outreach, our members, cooperative development and issues that impact U.S. family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and their communities. NFU has been … Read More