March 14, 2016

Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106

WASHINGTON (March 14, 2016) – As agriculture is celebrated this week, one farm organization is focused on the policies that embody this year’s National Ag Week theme: “Stewards of a Healthy Planet.” National Farmers Union (NFU), representing nearly 200,000 family farmers and ranchers, has long supported agriculture stewardship as the foundation to meeting global sustainability and food security challenges.

“At NFU, we advocate every day for the policies that support family farmers and ranchers. Ag Week provides a special opportunity to celebrate our diverse membership that represents all aspects of American agriculture,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Regardless of what and how they produce, our members all understand that family farmers must take the lead on stewardship.”

Starting with National Ag Day on Tuesday, events and activities will take place across the country to “recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture,” according to the official National Ag Day website.

NFU will build on the momentum of their 114th Anniversary Convention last week to work on the policies that embrace the spirit of National Ag Day. Climate change and the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) continue to be “priority issues for NFU,” Johnson explained.

“Climate change affects all of agriculture – from farm to fork, everyone has a reason to care about this issue. As an industry, we must work to mitigate climate change by advocating for policies that help reduce our impact on the environment, such as the USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and the RFS,” he said.

“If we want to ensure there is a future for the next generation of family farmers and ranchers, promoting stewardship and sustainability is the first step,” Johnson concluded.

More information about National Ag Day and Ag Week celebrations is available here.

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.


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