New Labor Rules Must Allow Children to Continue Learning About Agriculture

December 6, 2011Blog

By Tony Jarboe, NFU communications coordinator Last week NFU submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor regarding proposed revisions for the child labor regulations. While child safety is a top priority for NFU, we must be careful not to tighten regulations to the point that it discourages young workers from helping out on the … Read More

Horse: It’s NOT What’s for Dinner

December 5, 2011Blog

By Tony Jarboe, NFU communications coordinator The agriculture appropriations bill signed by President Obama shortly before Thanksgiving contained a little-known provision that allowed funding to be used to inspect horse slaughterhouses. The inspections were defunded in 2006, meaning that horse meat could no longer legally be sold in the U.S. A June report by the … Read More

Down But Not Forgotten, the Fight for Competition Continues

November 18, 2011Blog

By Mike Stranz, NFU government relations representative It has been a rough two weeks for fairness and competition in livestock and poultry markets. Decision makers in the nation’s capitol have turned their backs to the voices of independent farmers and ranchers who have tried to make their voices heard in support of the Grain Inspection … Read More

False Choice and the Farm Bill

November 18, 2011Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU government relations representative As the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction continues to debate ways to find $1.2 trillion in savings, we are hearing plenty of rhetoric from committee members and other elected officials about the “difficult choices” we need to make as a country about what our priorities for the … Read More

BFI Participants are 'Growing Good Taste'

November 15, 2011Blog

By Maria Miller, NFU education director Participants of NFU’s Beginning Farmer Institute recently toured America’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and inspected a number of Minnesota’s most innovative farms. Meeting for the second time in as many months, the BFI participants also learned more about farm ownership options and how to transition operations from one generation to … Read More

American Ethanol: The Key to American Energy Security

October 18, 2011Blog

By Jan Ahlen, NFU climate and energy coordinator The U.S biofuels industry is at a crossroads. On one hand, the industry is creating jobs in rural America, reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil and cleaning up our air. On the other hand, the industry is under threat by misguided politicians and special interest groups. Now … Read More

National School Lunch Week Helps Promote Local Foods

October 17, 2011Blog

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU government relations representative This past week, Oct. 10-14, we celebrated National School Lunch Week under the theme, “School Lunch — Let’s Grow Healthy.” For family farmers, there’s no greater illustration of this theme than recognition of the recent gains that have been made in getting food from local farms into schoolchildren’s … Read More

The Farmer, the Food and the Farm Bill

October 12, 2011Blog

By Maria Miller, NFU director of education “I’m looking forward to this farm year ending,” a Farmers Union member from the Midwest wrote to me this week. “It’s my worst year ever in farming. Crop insurance should get me through to next spring, but let’s hope something changes or I’ll be history.” He went on … Read More

Congress Should Reject Pending Trade Agreements

October 11, 2011Blog

By Tony Jarboe, NFU communications coordinator Congress is set to vote this week on three pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Colombia, and Panama. NFU has long opposed each of these agreements because they are very similar to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), both of which … Read More