NFU Announces Twenty Participants for the 2018-19 Beginning Farmer Institute

June 14, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 14, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced 20 beginning farmers and ranchers from across the United States to take part in the 2018-19 Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) program. The Institute empowers the success of America’s next generation of farmers by providing mentorship, technical … Read More

NFU Statement on Senate Ag Committee Farm Bill Passage

June 13, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee today advanced its version of the 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 20-1. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled he intends to bring the bill up for a vote on the floor prior to the Senate’s … Read More

Rights and Representation: What is a Farmer?

June 13, 2018Women Farmers Weekly

By Sophie Neems, Previous NFU Intern & Current Communications Specialist at Farm Credit There’s a noticeable new trend in farming demographics: the number of farmers coming to agriculture as a second career –  many of whom are women – is growing. These female, first-generation producers must secure land, build an enterprise, and establish themselves within … Read More

NFU Highlights Positives of Senate Ag Farm Bill, Makes Recommendations on Amendments at Committee Level

June 12, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 WASHINGTON – In advance of Wednesday’s Senate Agriculture Committee markup of the 2018 Farm Bill, National Farmers Union (NFU) highlighted positives in the current draft of the bill and sent vote recommendations on amendments to members of the committee. “Farmers Union appreciates the hard … Read More

Access to Markets: Farmer’s Share of the Food Dollar

June 12, 2018Beginning Farmers

Historical Document Curated by Tom Giessel, NFU Honorary Historian It is abundantly clear to anyone who has seen National Farmers Union’s Farmer’s Share that farmers receive only a small portion of every dollar spent on food at the grocery store. Farmers Union has been sounding the alarm about this issue throughout its entire history, as … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Conserve With Us

June 11, 2018Climate Column

By Alexis Dunnum, NFU Executive Assistant Land management practices have the capacity to either mitigate climate change or to exacerbate its negative impacts. As landowners, farmers have the opportunity to participate in conservation efforts and directly protect the land, water, and wildlife. However, owning and managing property is not the only way to ensure lands … Read More

Women Farmers Weekly: Introduction

June 6, 2018Women Farmers Weekly

By Melissa Miller, Owner & Operator of Ladybell Farms As a farm educator and advocate, I am lucky enough to travel the country to visit with dozens of women in agriculture every year. From Virginia to Oklahoma, Oregon to Wisconsin, these women never cease to amaze me with their innovative ideas and consistent hard work. I … Read More

Access to Land: Colorado Land Link

June 6, 2018Beginning Farmers

By Jake Stukenberg, NFU Intern Nationwide, farmers are beginning to age out and retire from their service to produce. Are young people turning to farming to as the established generation steps back? According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, only 5.1 percent of the 2.1 million principal owner farmers are younger than 35. This is … Read More

Family Farmers Likely the First Casualty if Trump Administration Provokes Global Trade War

May 31, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 WASHINGTON – In a move that has already provoked retaliatory measures, the Trump administration today announced its intention to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico, effective midnight Thursday. … Read More