Senate Passes Tax Cuts for the Wealthy on Backs of Family Farmers and Future Generations, NFU Says

December 2, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 2, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today voted 51-49 to approve its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. National Farmers Union (NFU) staunchly opposed the legislation because it would increase the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion, jeopardize funding for farm safety net programming, … Read More

RFS Volume Obligations a “Missed Opportunity,” NFU Says

November 30, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced final 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The agency will maintain the corn ethanol requirement at its current levels, and increase cellulosic and advanced biofuel requirements slightly from their … Read More

Survey Shows Massive Opioid Impact in Farm Country; Farm Groups Call for Dialogue, Action

November 30, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2017 CONTACT National Farmers Union: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106, ajerome@nfudc.org American Farm Bureau Federation: Will Rodger, 202-406-3642, willr@fb.org WASHINGTON – The opioid crisis has struck farm and ranch families much harder than the rest of rural America, a Morning Consult survey shows. While just under half of rural Americans say they … Read More

Current Tax Reform Plan Disadvantages Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says — Organization Urges “NO” Vote, Will Score the Vote

November 29, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Senate readies to vote on a major overhaul of the nation’s tax system, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging lawmakers to vote against the current plan because it benefits the nation’s largest corporations and wealthiest citizens at the expense … Read More

Growing for the Future Prepares Beginning Farmers for a Career in Agriculture

November 28, 2017Blog

By Sophie Neems, NFU Intern ‘Tis the season. . . for agricultural conferences! The harvest is done and the cows have been moved to winter pasture, which means that educational opportunities for farmers and ranchers abound. However, here at National Farmers Union, we understand that it’s not always possible to leave the farm unattended and … Read More

Access to Efficiency: Conservation Stewardship Program

November 28, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy NFU’s Climate Column has covered a number of farming practices, including conservation tillage and rotational grazing, that can help farmers increase profits by saving money on inputs, energy, and labor. Beginning farmers can receive assistance to implement such practices, as well as incentive payments for the environmental benefits … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Adapted Seeds

November 27, 2017Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, Director of Conservation Policy and NFU Foundation As we’ve noted on the  Climate Column, climate change will disturb the precipitation patterns and temperatures on which farmers rely to grow crops. Farmers will need to adapt to these changes by implementing new practices and readjusting old ones. One option is selecting seeds for staple crops – … Read More

Farmers Receive 11 Cents of Thanksgiving Retail Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

November 21, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Farmers and ranchers take home just 11.4 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

NFU Alarmed by House Passage of Tax Reform Bill: Organization Scored the Vote, Now Urging a No Vote on Senate Version

November 16, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today voted 227-205 to approve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a bill that would provide tax cuts and breaks to corporations and wealthy Americans at an estimated cost of $1.5 trillion. National Farmers Union (NFU), a … Read More