Renewable Energy Key to Reviving Rural Economies

March 12, 2012Blog

By Jan Ahlen, NFU government relations representative Rural America is under increased economic stress. What once was a thriving sector of the economy and a boon for rural economic development, American agriculture employs fewer people every year. As a result, there are fewer jobs for young people. Today’s farm children would rather move to cities … Read More

Cooperatives: The Win-Win Way of Doing Business

March 12, 2012Blog

By Maria Miller, NFU director of education This year people around the world are celebrating a business model that puts people first. In a world where the majority of businesses put profit first, this model is being called innovative. For Farmers Union, we call it history. Farmers Union’s roots go back to Point, Texas, where, … Read More

House Education Committee Marks up Student Success Act

March 1, 2012Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU government relations representative Beginning today, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce plans to markup H.R. 3989, the Student Success Act. One of the amendments to this legislation that the committee plans to consider has particular implications for rural schools ­ an amendment based on H.R. 2485, the All Children … Read More

USDA Launches Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

March 1, 2012Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU government relations representative Yesterday the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass, an interactive web-based document and map highlighting USDA support for local and regional food projects and successful producer, business and community case studies. The KYF Compass is a digital guide to USDA … Read More

Year of the Co-op

February 12, 2012Blog

By Maria Miller, NFU education director “Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility. “ – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Successful cooperatives have been around for a long time. Some Farmers Union oil and elevator co-ops are celebrating more than 80 years … Read More

Mutual Respect Across Agriculture

February 12, 2012Blog

By Maria Miller, NFU education director It has never been easy for young people to begin farming and ranching. Each generation of farmers lack credit, affordable and available access to land, a depth of experience, and, sometimes, support from their hometown communities and families.  It’s tough enough for to put down roots when taking over … Read More

Hawaii-Style Agriculture

January 12, 2012Blog

By Chandler Goule, NFU vice president of government relations When Bill Greenleaf met me at the airport we both said hello and immediately we were both on the phone with income calls. As we proceeded away from the airport to the beautiful mountains, Bill explained to mehis past life as a PGA golf pro. I … Read More

What’s not cool about COOL?

January 11, 2012Blog

By Mike Stranz, NFU government relations representative We’re all used to seeing labels on everyday products that tell us where that item was produced. It’s almost a reflex to look for that information. Given how basic that information seems to be, it is startling to realize that Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) wasn’t required on … Read More

Halfway to Our Goal With Feeding America

December 20, 2011Blog

By Tony Jarboe, NFU communications coordinator It is the holiday season, and for many, that means giving gifts, spending time with family, and eating lots of food. Unfortunately, for 37 million hungry Americans, the holiday season means little more than just searching for the next meal. That is why NFU has partnered with Feeding America … Read More

Buy Fresh; Eat Local Recipes

December 6, 2011Blog

By Maria Miller, NFU education director Here is the second in a series of recipes from the NFU Beginning Farmer Institute Class of 2011 using an ingredient they raise on the farm.  This comes to you fresh from the Erin Schneider farm in Wisconsin. Salsa Verde 1 1/2 cup tomatillo (slightly roasted) 1/2 cup onion … Read More