Farmers Union Opposes Longer Mail Delivery Times

June 22, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON –  A proposal to permanently slow down First-Class Mail delivery would be “catastrophic” for family farmers, National Farmers Union (NFU) indicated in comments submitted today to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Because rural areas often lack both services like banks, pharmacies, polling places, … Read More

Beekeepers Work to Protect Hives By Keeping Them Local

June 22, 2021Blog

With honey bee populations declining at rapid rates, beekeepers, farmers and consumers alike are grasping for solutions that will tackle the big picture problems like climate change. Ang Roell, however, believes change starts on a much smaller scale – one the size of a thumbnail. Ang is the author of Radicalize the Hive and founder … Read More

NFU Recommends Steps to Strengthen Resilience in Food Supply Chain

June 21, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 21, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Over the last year and a half, the pandemic, natural disasters, and cybersecurity breaches have revealed deep weaknesses in our food and farm systems, according to National Farmers Union (NFU). In comments submitted today to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the organization’s … Read More

Celebrate Juneteenth By Keeping Our Promises to Black Farmers

June 18, 2021Blog

By Hannah Packman, NFU Communications Director Until recently, Juneteenth has been celebrated only in certain Black communities, with barbecues, parades, rodeos, and other festivities. A portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth,” the holiday marks the day that the final enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, were freed following the Emancipation Proclamation ­­– undoubtedly an event worth remembering. … Read More

Additional Aid Will Help Farmers Cope with Lingering Effects of Pandemic, Farmers Union Says

June 15, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – In its latest move to facilitate pandemic recovery, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced additional aid for agricultural producers and businesses, including timber harvesters, biofuels producers, dairy farmers and processors, and livestock farmers and contract poultry growers. The initiative also includes … Read More

NFU Welcomes Stronger Protections from Corporate Abuse

June 11, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Following multiple allegations and indictments of price fixing and other anticompetitive practices in the livestock sector, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today indicated its intention to propose a series of rules that would offer family famers and contract poultry growers greater agency … Read More

NFU Foundation Awards Scholarships to Young Agricultural Leaders

June 9, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – To support the next generation of agricultural professionals, National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) today announced the 2021 recipients of its annual scholarship awards. Every year, the organization presents several scholarships to students in any area of study attending a two- or four-year accredited college, … Read More

 Food Safety Spotlight: Food Hubs and Food Safety

June 9, 2021Blog, Food Safety

By Billy Mitchell, NFU Food Safety Training Coordinator, & Tricia Wancko, NFU Food Safety Grant Coordinator “I’m really passionate about helping to make the local food movement in Alabama successful, and I feel like that is only going to happen if we are extremely creative and cooperative,” explained Farm Food Collaborative Co-Manager Carey Martin-Lane at … Read More

NFU Applauds USDA Investment in Food Security

June 4, 2021Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 4, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As part of its ongoing efforts to address food insecurity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it will invest $1 billion in the nutrition safety net. Those funds will be split among several initiatives, including $500 million for The Emergency Food … Read More

Spring Brings Another Year of Local Food Safety Collaborative

May 26, 2021Blog, Food Safety

By Billy Mitchell, NFU Food Safety Training Coordinator Bags of asparagus. Hot pepper jams. Turkey tail mushrooms. Over the past year and half, consumers recommitted to sourcing locally and discovered diverse and delicious food close to home. They also turned to virtual options to learn how to cook, preserve, and source those local ingredients. Farmers … Read More