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 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

Farmers Receive 12 Cents of the Thanksgiving Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

November 19, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 WASHINGTON – Farmers and ranchers take home just 12.1 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail … 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 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

NFU Urges Greater Transparency in EPA’s Granting of Small Refinery Exemptions

October 29, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 29, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 WASHINGTON – In light of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing misappropriation of small refinery exemptions (SREs), the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change within the Committee on Energy and Commerce today hosted a hearing on how those exemptions … Read More

Cooperatives Support American Farmers and Rural Communities

October 28, 2019Blog

By Alexis Dunnum, NFU Executive Assistant While some Americans may not be familiar with cooperatives, for individuals living in rural areas, cooperatives are integral to the economic and social viability of these communities. For decades, co-ops have provided family farmers and rural communities with everything crop seed to broadband service. As a member of thirteen … Read More

Coalition Challenges EPA on 2018 Refinery Waivers

October 23, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 23, 2019 WASHINGTON – A coalition of renewable fuel and agricultural trade organizations filed a petition Tuesday afternoon with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the process by which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exempted certain unknown small refineries from their respective Renewable Fuel Standard obligations … Read More

Farm, Union and Science Groups Urge Congress to Stand Strong Against USDA Relocation

October 22, 2019Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2019 Contact: Ja-Rei Wang, Union of Concerned Scientists WASHINGTON —At a hearing last week, USDA REE Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins repeatedly deflected questions about the ​consequences of the relocation of the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food & Agriculture. A staggering 75 percent of staff have … Read More