FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 4, 2015
Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106
WASHINGTON (August 4, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today applauded three Farmers Union states – Montana, Iowa and South Dakota – in observing their 100th year anniversary in 2015, and for a century of outstanding activism and organizing to fight for family farmers and ranchers.
“NFU’s strength, as a federation of member states, relies largely on the activism, energy and commitment of its members, who are engaged in all aspects of policy making,” noted Johnson. “These three states have been fighting the ‘good fight’ on behalf of family farmers and ranchers for a full century, and they are part of the reason why Farmers Union has enjoyed so many public policy successes nationally,” said Johnson.
NFU represents over 200,000 family farmers and ranchers in 33 states across the nation, advocating for the economic and social well-being of family farmers through education, cooperation and legislation. Johnson noted that an additional eight state Farmers Unions have also been advocating for family farmers since first being founded over 100 years ago: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Rocky Mountain, and Texas.
“Since our founding in 1902, NFU has advocated for the economic and social well-being and quality of life of family farmers and their communities by supporting the sustainable production of food, fuel and fiber,” he noted.
Johnson thanked the members and leaders in the three centurion states for their commitment to fairness and equity for family farmers and ranchers. “The longevity of the Farmers Union organizations in Montana, Iowa and South Dakota is only possible because of the unwavering commitment of their members,” said Johnson. “We hope that the energy and enthusiasm these states have shown is contagious,” he added.
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.