Congress, White House Come to Agreement on USMCA; Farmers Union Board to Assess Final Text Upon Its Release

December 10, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – After many months of negotiations, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi announced today that the White House and Congress had come to an agreement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). At its quarterly meeting in September, the National Farmers Union … Read More

Farmers Union Urges White House to Replace Aromatics with Biofuels

December 10, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Following an initial statement of support, National Farmers Union (NFU) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump endorsing the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition recommendation to lower air toxic emissions caused by the use of gasoline aromatics. In accordance with the coalition’s position, … Read More

Stricter Work Requirements Would Cause Hundreds of Thousands to Lose Nutrition Assistance

December 4, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 4, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Despite widespread opposition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it would tighten work requirements for able-bodied Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants without dependents. Under current regulations, able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) can receive food assistance no more than … Read More

Replacing Aromatics with Biofuels Would Improve Public Health Outcomes, Decrease Fuel Costs

November 25, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In a letter sent today, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem ­– the Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition ­– urged President Donald Trump to enforce Section 202 of the Clean Air Act Amendments … Read More

Agriculture Must Be Central to an Economy-Wide Climate Policy

November 25, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As they consider policies and legislation to curb the effects of climate change, federal lawmakers should both recognize the capacity of American family farmers to mitigate and build resilience to climate change as well as enact funding mechanisms to help them do … Read More

Proposed Rule Betrays Promise to Rural America, Farmers Union Says

November 25, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s supplemental proposed rule to compensate for the ongoing misappropriation of small refinery exemptions (SREs) “fails to accurately account for the lost gallons and betrays President Trump’s promise to rural America,” according to National Farmers Union (NFU). In comments submitted … Read More

Trade Assistance Payments Disproportionately Benefitted Large-Scale and Southeastern Operations

November 12, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 12, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – A government program intended to support farmers and ranchers affected by trade disputes disproportionately benefitted large-scale and Southeastern operations, according to a minority staff report published today by the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) … Read More

A Young Farmer’s Perspective: The Local Food Safety Collaborative’s Need Assessment Reports

November 4, 2019Blog

By Maggie Kaiser, Farmer, Produce Safety Coordinator, National Young Farmers Coalition. The National Farmers Union’s Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC) and Cornell University recently released the results of their multi-year, two tier local food producer Needs Assessment reports. The newly released Needs Assessment reports detail the food safety practices, knowledge, attitudes, barriers, and needs of … Read More

How Some Cooperatives Are Helping Farmers to Manage Produce Safety

October 31, 2019Blog

By Hunter Free, National Farmers Union Intern Are you a farmer looking to lower your farm’s capital costs? Do you need help staying up to date on food safety best practices or regulatory requirements? Cooperatives across the country are fulfilling these needs for their members! For the last 55 years, October has been celebrated as … Read More

Cooperatives Work for Their Members

October 30, 2019Blog

By Rebecca J. H. White, Produce Manager, Hanover Co-Op Food Store For the first time this September, I found myself pursuing real organizational change in Washington. Knocking on the doors of my Senators and Representatives during National Farmers Union’s Fall Legislative Fly-In, I felt the intoxicating buzz of conversations centered on things that I care about, that affect … Read More