Farmers Union Announces New Education Priorities

July 23, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600   WASHINGTON – Today’s farmers have to do more than just grow food; running a successful operation requires a broad range of skills, including marketing, business management, mechanical repair, and agronomy. To more effectively meet the growing needs of family farmers and ranchers, National … Read More

New Data Highlights Continuing Need to Fight Opioid Addiction in Rural Communities

July 18, 2019Press Releases

New data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration shows that rural communities have the highest death rates nationwide from opioid prescriptions, more than three times the national average. A previously unreleased database from DEA tracking prescription painkillers showed that the highest per-capita opioid death rates from 2006 to 2012 were in rural communities in West Virginia, … Read More

NIFA, ERS Relocation Detrimental to Researchers, Family Farmers, and Consumers

July 18, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 18, 2019 Contact: Jenny Hopkinson, WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) relocation of two major research agencies is “misguided” and “detrimental to family farmers and ranchers and rural communities,” according to the nation’s oldest general farm organization. National Farmers Union (NFU), whose 200,000 members support increased funding for public agricultural … Read More

Farmers Union Hosts 83rd Annual All-States Leadership Camp

July 9, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 9, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, BAILEY, Colo.– Farmers Union youth members from across the country convened last month for the 83rd annual National Farmers Union (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp. Hosted each June, the event encourages young adults to explore their leadership potential, discuss current events and important issues, learn more about … Read More

NFU Urges Additional Improvements to USMCA

July 8, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 8, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, WASHINGTON– As Congressional leadership and the Trump administration work towards a compromise on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the country’s oldest general farm organization is urging additional improvements to the deal that could help to reduce health care costs and protect rural jobs before it is sent … Read More

EPA’s RFS Obligations Are Another Setback for American Farmers

July 5, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 5, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the year 2020. The proposal would set required biofuel use at 20.04 billion gallons next year, a marginal increase over this year’s 19.92 billion gallons. … Read More

Presidential Candidates Called Upon to Increase Fairness for Family Farmers

June 20, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 20, 2019 WASHINGTON – Today, 35 farm and food organizations called on elected officials and candidates running for office to address the disproportionate market power held by the giant agribusinesses that dominate livestock and poultry markets. The list of priorities for creating fair and competitive markets for family farmers is endorsed by groups … Read More

USDA Announces Kansas City Region as New NIFA, ERS Site; NFU Disappointed by Lack of Transparency and Public Input

June 13, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 13, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, WASHINGTON– Ten months after introducing a plan to relocate and reorganize two major agricultural research agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it will move the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) to the Kansas City Region. … Read More

NFU, FFA Cement Partnership at MOU Signing Ceremony; Groups Work Together to Strengthen Youth Agricultural Education and Leadership

June 12, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 12, 2019 MINNEAPOLIS– As the average age of the American farmer approaches 60, National Farmers Union (NFU) and the National FFA Organization are working together to cultivate the next generation of American agricultural professionals. At a ceremony in Minneapolis, Minnesota, NFU President Roger Johnson and National FFA Organization CEO Mark Poeschl formalized … Read More

Hearing Highlights Implications of ERS, NIFA Relocation for Agricultural Research

June 5, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 5, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, WASHINGTON– During a hearing held today by the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, key stakeholders expressed concerns about the current and potential ramifications of reorganizing and relocating two major agricultural research agencies. In accordance with previous announcements, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is … Read More