National Farmers Union

National Farmers Union Hard at work for family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and their rural communities.
National Farmers Union was founded in 1902 in Point, Texas, to help the family farmer address profitability issues and monopolistic practices while America was courting the Industrial Revolution. Today NFU continues its original mission to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers and their rural communities. We believe that consumers and producers can work together to promote a quality domestic supply of safe food.

NFU represents farmers and ranchers in all states, with organized chapters in 32 states. The key to the success and credibility of the organization has been Farmers Union’s grassroots structure in which policy positions are initiated locally. The policy process includes the presentation of resolutions by individuals, followed by possible adoption of the resolutions at the local, state and national levels. Members and staff of the Farmers Union advocate these policy positions nationwide.

National Farmers Union believes that good opportunities in production agriculture are the foundation of strong farm and ranch families, and strong farm and ranch families are the basis for thriving rural communities. Vibrant rural communities, in turn, are vital to the health, security and economic well-being of our entire national economy.
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President Trump's global trade war will leave family farmers and ranchers with large surpluses and severely depressed pr...
12/18/2018
USDA Trade Aid Falls “Woefully Short” of Meaningful Support

President Trump's global trade war will leave family farmers and ranchers with large surpluses and severely depressed prices for years. This won't be fixed by a one-time payment - it's a long-term problem that demands long-term solutions.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 18, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will move ahead with the second an…

Still looking for a reason to sign up for Women's Conference? How about ten?Lisa Kivirist, farmer, author, and farm advo...
12/14/2018
NFU Women’s Conference: Ten Reasons to Attend in 2019

Still looking for a reason to sign up for Women's Conference? How about ten?

Lisa Kivirist, farmer, author, and farm advocate shares the top ten highlights from 2019 Women's Conference, from incredible speakers (Karen Washington! Pheasants Forever!) to networking opportunities to local farm tours.

Once you've read her article, head to https://nfu.org/education/womensconference/ to register! Don't delay - is the LAST DAY to book a hotel room for a discounted rate!

By Lisa Kivirist, author, co-owner and operator of Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B The winter season ushers in space for reflection and big picture thinking on where we see our farm businesses, c…

The farm bill provides critical support for family farmers and ranchers, but it's not just for food producers - it helps...
12/11/2018

The farm bill provides critical support for family farmers and ranchers, but it's not just for food producers - it helps feed hungry Americans, bolsters rural economies, and improves the sustainability of our food system.

Help us support American agriculture - call your legislators today and tell them we all need a farm bill passed this year.

We're relieved to report that the 2018 Farm Bill is (finally) here!The passage of this bill cannot come soon enough for ...
12/11/2018
NFU Statement on 2018 Farm Bill Compromise

We're relieved to report that the 2018 Farm Bill is (finally) here!

The passage of this bill cannot come soon enough for American family farmers and ranchers, who need the certainty and support of farm bill programs to endure struggling markets, oversupply, and trade volatility. We're urging Congress to approve the legislation as soon as possible so that President Trump can sign it by the end of the year.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 11, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The Farm Bill conference committee conferees today released the text of a compromise Farm…

NFU President Roger Johnson: "The effects of climate change are already wreaking havoc on farms from Florida to Oklahoma...
12/10/2018
Opinion: Climate change is our cross to bear

NFU President Roger Johnson: "The effects of climate change are already wreaking havoc on farms from Florida to Oklahoma to California. We can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to the single greatest threat to family farm agriculture, to our country, and to humanity."

While some things about farming just don’t change, the fact of the matter is that Mother Nature, our most important business partner, is changing dramatically.

Do you have questions about what's in the farm bill? Are you curious about how tariffs affect farmers and ranchers? Call...
12/07/2018

Do you have questions about what's in the farm bill? Are you curious about how tariffs affect farmers and ranchers? Call in to CSPAN tomorrow morning, (877) 662-7726, and NFU President Roger Johnson will answer your most pressing agricultural questions!

Have you been looking for innovative ways to improve your farming operation? Do you want to belong to a strong community...
12/07/2018

Have you been looking for innovative ways to improve your farming operation? Do you want to belong to a strong community of women farmers? Then don't miss NFU's Women's Conference, January 13-16 in San Diego!

Register before December 13 for discounted hotel rates: https://nfu.org/education/womensconference/

Growing for the Future continues this afternoon! It's not too late to register for free educational resources - all mate...
12/04/2018

Growing for the Future continues this afternoon! It's not too late to register for free educational resources - all materials will be available through February.

This afternoon we're focusing on cooperatives:
4 PM ET - Cooperatives as a tool to support your goals with USDA-RD
5 PM - What is a co-op, how do they work, who do they benefit with Tim Velde
6 PM - What does a sustainable co-op look like? With Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

More info and registration: https://nfu.org/growing-for-the-future/

Growing for the Future starts TODAY! There's still time to sign up (for free!) to get access to farmer-to-farmer webinar...
12/03/2018

Growing for the Future starts TODAY! There's still time to sign up (for free!) to get access to farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q&A sessions, a discussion board, an online resource center, and free giveaways.

Learn more and register here: https://nfu.org/growing-for-the-future/

We're sorry to say that this is the last month of our photo contest - which also means it's your last chance to win a $5...
12/01/2018

We're sorry to say that this is the last month of our photo contest - which also means it's your last chance to win a $500 visa gift card! You have until 11:59 pm on December 31 to comment with your best winter farm photo, so don't delay - get those cameras snapping!

Rules and more info here: https://www.facebook.com/nationalfarmersunion/app/292725327421649/

Just a handful of companies control all of the markets that supply and buy from family farmers and ranchers. This level ...
11/30/2018
GIPSA Agency Elimination a Blow to Competitive Markets for Family Farmers, NFU Says

Just a handful of companies control all of the markets that supply and buy from family farmers and ranchers. This level of consolidation reduces innovation, limits choice and increases prices for farming inputs, and makes it increasingly difficult for farmers to receive a fair price at market.

Yet the USDA has decided that now is the time to eliminate the agency that ensures open and competitive markets for livestock, meat, and poultry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will be eliminating the Grain Inspec…

NAFTA created the framework for trade agreements that have contributed to our annual $500B trade deficit, exported jobs,...
11/30/2018
USMCA Deal Falls Short of Fair Trade Framework for Family Farmers, NFU Says

NAFTA created the framework for trade agreements that have contributed to our annual $500B trade deficit, exported jobs, lowered wages, and eroded sovereignty. The updated deal, also known as USMCA, is a slight improvement, but it doesn't do enough to address these problems.

Before Congress approves USMCA, they need to do more to fix NAFTA's enormous flaws. We are urging them to ensure the administration negotiates improvements to create a fair trade framework that benefits family farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Officials from the United States and Mexico today signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement…

Earlier today, Congressional leadership today announced that they have finally reached an agreement on the farm bill. Th...
11/29/2018
NFU Encouraged by Farm Bill Deal, Urges Swift Passage

Earlier today, Congressional leadership today announced that they have finally reached an agreement on the farm bill. This is good news for family farmers and ranchers, who are in desperate need of certainty and relief amidst struggling markets due to oversupply and trade volatility.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Agriculture committee leadership today announced that they have reached an agreement in p…

A new CDC study suggests that farmers and ranchers experience suicide at a rate double that of the general population. T...
11/28/2018
A Deeper Look at the CDC Findings on Farm Suicides

A new CDC study suggests that farmers and ranchers experience suicide at a rate double that of the general population. Though statistics can only tell a very small part of the story about farm stress, these findings highlight the need to improve access to mental health services in rural areas.

By Matt Perdue, NFU Government Relations Representative Those of us who work with farmers on a daily basis know that mental and behavioral health is a major concern in farming communities. Over the…

The Fourth National Climate Assessment, released last week, confirms what we already know: climate change poses a seriou...
11/27/2018
Five Takeaways From the Fourth National Climate Assessment and What They Mean for Food and Farms

The Fourth National Climate Assessment, released last week, confirms what we already know: climate change poses a serious threat to farmers' livelihoods, rural economies, and global food security.

Though the findings are extremely alarming at best, farmers and ranchers are not powerless to mitigate the effects of climate change - in fact, they can and should be an integral part of the climate solution.

This year’s harvest season has been bittersweet. Interspersed with delightful treats like apple cider and pumpkin pie has been a disheartening stream of news from America’s farmers, many of whom are struggling to stay afloat amidst low crop prices, trade wars, and disasters stretching from east ...

Today and every day, we're thankful for the hardworking farmers and ranchers who put food on our plates, clothes on our ...
11/22/2018

Today and every day, we're thankful for the hardworking farmers and ranchers who put food on our plates, clothes on our backs, and fuel in our vehicles.

Growing for the Future is a FREE online conference for beginning farmers and ranchers, which means you can get the skill...
11/16/2018
Growing for the Future Prepares Beginning Farmers for a Future in Agriculture

Growing for the Future is a FREE online conference for beginning farmers and ranchers, which means you can get the skills you need to succeed in agriculture without spending a cent - or even rolling out of bed!

Still not sure if you should register? In this new blog post, learn why Growing for the Future is a great tool for those starting an agricultural career!

By Liza Ayres, NFU Intern Curious about resources available to get your new farm up and running? Want to gain business skills and exchange stories with fellow beginning farmers, all from the comfor…

You've probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But did you also know that for every dollar ...
11/13/2018

You've probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But did you also know that for every dollar you spend on your bacon and eggs, the farmers and ranchers who grew the ingredients are receiving an average of just 14.8 cents?

Our Beginning Farmer Institute spent several days in Salinas, California, learning about how to run a successful operati...
11/09/2018

Our Beginning Farmer Institute spent several days in Salinas, California, learning about how to run a successful operation, visiting local farms, and eating the best strawberries in the known universe. Thanks to all of our partners at ALBA - Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, California FarmLink, Farmer Veteran Coalition, Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association, and Happy Girl Kitchen Co. for making this a successful learning session!

See more pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nfudc/albums/72157671123908037

Starting your own farm or ranch can be daunting, but you don’t have to do it alone -  Growing for the Future provides ...
11/08/2018

Starting your own farm or ranch can be daunting, but you don’t have to do it alone - Growing for the Future provides the tools and resources you need to succeed in agriculture!

Register today: https://nfu.org/growing-for-the-future/

It's hard to believe that it's already November! For this month's photo contest, we want to know what you're thankful fo...
11/02/2018

It's hard to believe that it's already November! For this month's photo contest, we want to know what you're thankful for. This month's winner will receive a canvas print of their photo, and the contest's grand prize winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card, so hurry up and post your best picture in the comments!

High levels of corporate consolidation in the food and agriculture sectors has contributed to declining farm incomes, lo...
11/01/2018
Over 200 Farm, Food and Rural Groups Endorse Agribusiness Merger Moratorium Bills

High levels of corporate consolidation in the food and agriculture sectors has contributed to declining farm incomes, loss of choice for farmers, stagnant wages and increased layoffs for workers, the erosion of rural economic vitality, and a less resilient food system.

A bill introduced by Cory Booker and Mark Pocan would impose an 18-month moratorium on food and agriculture mega-mergers as well as establish a commission to to study the impacts of consolidation on farmers, rural communities, and consumers.

Today, NFU and 212 other organizations endorsed this crucial legislation and urged other members of Congress to support its passage.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2018 WASHINGTON — Today, a broad-based coalition of 213 farm, food, rural, faith and consumer advocacy organizations delivered a letter to Congress endorsing food …

In honor of the last day of Cooperative Month, we're featuring the Montgomery Farm Women's Cooperative Market, which has...
10/31/2018
Markets and Infrastructure: The Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market

In honor of the last day of Cooperative Month, we're featuring the Montgomery Farm Women's Cooperative Market, which has been owned and operated by its vendors since 1932. This business model has given its members a steady income source and a network of fellow farmers to lean on during difficult times.

Read more about how the market has stayed successful over the past 8+ decades in the latest post on Women Farmers Weekly!

By Liza Ayers, NFU Intern The Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market is a landmark on Bethesda’s Wisconsin Avenue. For decades, it has not only served as a hub for residents looking to purchase…

Wishing a very happy 100th birthday to Ruth Kobell! In 1975, when Ruth took on legislative responsibilities for NFU, she...
10/31/2018

Wishing a very happy 100th birthday to Ruth Kobell! In 1975, when Ruth took on legislative responsibilities for NFU, she became the first full-time registered woman lobbyist for a farm organization. She had been exceptional Farmers Union member for the 36 years prior, serving as a local & county officer, assisting with education programs, and acting as NFU secretary!

Calling all women in agriculture: are you looking for applicable business skills, innovative marketing tactics, advice f...
10/30/2018

Calling all women in agriculture: are you looking for applicable business skills, innovative marketing tactics, advice for making a food safety plan, and a strong network of other women in agriculture?

NFU's Women’s Conference, January 13-17 in San Diego, California, offers all that and more.

Register today: https://nfu.org/education/womensconference/

Though this administration has consistently promised to support American-grown biofuels, in reality, it has too often fa...
10/29/2018
NFU Urges Administration to Honor Commitment to Biofuels

Though this administration has consistently promised to support American-grown biofuels, in reality, it has too often failed to follow through on those promises. In fact, the EPA's misappropriation of RFS "hardship waivers" has destroyed demand for 2 billion gallons of ethanol, at the expense of family farmers and rural communities.

Today, we launched a radio ad asking President Donald Trump and his administration to keep his promises to support net increases in biofuel use. Learn more about it in our latest press release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 29, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Throughout his campaign for and tenure as president, Donald Trump has consistently pledg…

High octane, low carbon fuels - including mid-level ethanol blends - are a win-win-win for consumers, farmers, and the e...
10/26/2018
NFU Encourages Move to High Octane Fuels; Public Comments Highlight Environmental, Economic and Energy Security Benefits

High octane, low carbon fuels - including mid-level ethanol blends - are a win-win-win for consumers, farmers, and the environment. They reduce air emissions, conserve oil, ensure energy security, lower costs at the pump, and bring good paying jobs to rural communities.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 26, 2018 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 [email protected] WASHINGTON – In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed rule to amend c…

Every corner of agribusiness, from seeds to meat packing, is controlled by just a handful of large corporations. These p...
10/23/2018
Confronting Consolidation: How Congress Proposes to Fight Mergers in Ag

Every corner of agribusiness, from seeds to meat packing, is controlled by just a handful of large corporations. These powerful conglomerates are reporting record earnings while family farmers and ranchers are coping with a long-term slump in the farm economy.

But a recently introduced bill could be the first step in reversing current market trends by enacting an 18-month merger moratorium in the U.S. food and agribusiness sectors. Learn more about corporate consolidation and how the bill would help address the issue in the newest installment of NFU's policy blog series.

By Liza Ayres, NFU Intern Consolidation has long been one of the greatest challenges for family farmers and ranchers. Agribusiness mergers reduce innovation, limit choice and increase prices for f…

Climate change is the biggest threat to global food security.Family farmers and ranchers work every day towards a zero h...
10/16/2018

Climate change is the biggest threat to global food security.

Family farmers and ranchers work every day towards a zero hunger world -- not only by growing a safe and nutritious food supply, but also by implementing conservation practices that decrease greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon in the soil.

Happy International Day of Rural Women! Did you know that 31% of American farmers are women? These nearly 1 million wome...
10/15/2018

Happy International Day of Rural Women! Did you know that 31% of American farmers are women? These nearly 1 million women cultivate 301,386,860 acres of land and make a $12.9 billion impact on the national economy.

If you're interested in learning more about women farmers in the United States, check out our Women Farmers Weekly blog series: https://nfu.org/topics/blog/women-farmers-weekly/

It's National Farmers Day! Today and every day, we thank the family farmers and ranchers who feed, fuel and clothe our c...
10/12/2018

It's National Farmers Day! Today and every day, we thank the family farmers and ranchers who feed, fuel and clothe our country, steward our nation’s land, and power our rural communities and economies.

Farming is a high-stress occupation. Financial risk, volatile markets, unpredictable weather, social isolation, and heav...
10/10/2018

Farming is a high-stress occupation. Financial risk, volatile markets, unpredictable weather, social isolation, and heavy workloads can all place significant strain on farmers’ and ranchers’ mental and emotional well-being. On top of that, sixty percent of rural areas suffer a mental health professional shortage.

This #WorldMentalHealthDay, consider taking action in support of farmers' and ranchers' access to mental health services. Due to the prolonged downturn in the farm economy, many farmers are facing even greater stress right now.

One of the ways Farmers Union has addressed this issue is through the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN), a program that (if passed in the farm bill) would provide funding to help set up helplines and websites, training for farm advocates, support groups,
outreach services and activities, and home delivery of assistance.

Learn more about FRSAN and call your reps today: https://farmcrisis.nfu.org/take-action/

10/06/2018
America's Farm and Food Bill

Whether you grow food or eat it...
Whether you live in a big city or in a small town... Whether you get your food from the grocery store or a restaurant or a farmer's market...
The farm bill has a major impact on your life.

Last weekend, the 2014 Farm Bill expired, taking with it farm bill programs that ensure our food system remains the best food system in the entire world. Family farmers and ranchers need the certainty of a new farm bill, especially at this time.

-- Did you know - a majority of farmers will make negative income from their farm this year? --

Take a couple minutes to watch this video to understand why the farm bill is so important to farmers and consumers. Share it with your friends. And consider reaching out to your members of Congress about getting a farm bill passed immediately.

Want to learn more? Visit https://2018FarmBill.org to find videos on what the farm bill is, what Farmers Union's priorities for the farm bill are, and how to talk to your members of Congress about the importance of the bill. Let them know we need a #FarmBillNow.

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