NFU Statement on Pruitt Backing of Renewable Fuel Standard

January 18, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3102 WASHINGTON (January 18, 2017) – In response to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt’s commitment to proper implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at today’s U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works confirmation hearing, National Farmers Union (NFU) President … Read More

NFU Statement on Trump Transition Team Deal with Bayer

January 17, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3102 WASHINGTON (January 17, 2017) – President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced today that it has struck a deal with Bayer AG, committing the German agricultural input company to investing $8 billion towards research and development should the company be permitted to acquire competitor Monsanto … Read More

Access to Education: Introduction

January 17, 2017Beginning Farmers, Blog

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern Snow and cold weather may slow down food production, but there is no off-season for farmers. Even when it is too cold for crops, farmers are readying for the spring, researching new production methods, educating themselves on new farm technologies, and planning market strategies. Thorough  preparation for the growing season can greatly reduce … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization

January 17, 2017Blog, Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education National Farmers Union (NFU) members understand the negative impacts of climate change are exacerbated by greater concentrations of greenhouse gasses in the Earth’s atmosphere. Everyone in the world should be concerned about the broad consequences of climate change, but family farmers are particularly worried about the direct impact climate change … Read More

USDA Corn Ethanol Report Supports Environmental Benefits of RFS, NFU Says

January 12, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3102 WASHINGTON (January 12, 2017) – Demonstrating the environmental benefits brought about by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concludes that corn ethanol provides a considerable reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to conventional … Read More

Access to Markets: Selecting Seeds

January 12, 2017Beginning Farmers, Blog

By Whitney Will, Farm Manager at Roaring Gardens at TCI Lane Ranch January is a time for dreaming about the next season of farming, planning the garden, and ordering seeds. For me, looking forward to the next season always starts with looking back on previous ones. What worked well last season? Which vegetables did we need … Read More

NFU at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture

January 11, 2017Blog

By Chris Holman, NFU Member Next week, I will be flying to Berlin, Germany to represent National Farmers Union (NFU) at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFAA). NFU’s participation in this forum is tied to its role as a founding member of the World Farmers Organization (WFO). If you are a relatively new member of Farmers Union … Read More

Access to Markets: Growing for a Farmers Market

January 10, 2017Beginning Farmers, Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Coordinator Farmers markets can be an important source of supplementary income and public exposure for both small scale producers and beginning farmers and ranchers. Not only do they provide access to additional markets and new consumers, but they also eliminate the costs of processing, storage, wholesale, and distributing associated with traditional … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Forage and Biomass Planting

January 9, 2017Blog, Climate Column

By Thomas Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education Since October, when the Climate Column started featuring ways farmers can address climate change, we have primarily discussed practices to build climate resilience in crop production. There are, of course, many things livestock producers can do about climate change as well. Livestock producers often have … Read More

Access to Land: Farm Church Q&A

January 5, 2017Beginning Farmers, Blog

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern Allen Brimer is the farmer/pastor at Farm Church, an agriculturally-minded religious community. Brimer has extensive experience cultivating produce and raising farm animals, as well as over a decade of religious service. In this Q&A, Brimer tells us more about his operation and the challenges and opportunities he has encountered farming for … Read More