The Indigenous Origins of Regenerative Agriculture

October 12, 2020Blog, Climate Blog

By Tracy Heim, NFU Intern On the second Monday of every October, Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated across the United States to honor the original inhabitants of the Americas. On this Indigenous Peoples’ Day, National Farmers Union (NFU) celebrates the invaluable contributions of Native Americans and the Indigenous origins of many practices currently used in … Read More

Final Rule Fails to Address Structural Flaws in Conservation Stewardship Program

October 8, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a final rule detailing updates to its Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) as directed by the 2018 Farm Bill. In comparison to the interim rule, the final version places a greater emphasis on soil health – … Read More

Proposed Rule Would Deter Organic Fraud, Strengthen Label’s Integrity

October 5, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The National Organic Program (NOP) opens economic opportunities and new markets for American farmers – but in the last several years, millions of dollars of non-organic products have been intentionally mislabeled and sold as organic, eroding consumer confidence in the certified organic … Read More

Stimulus Package Includes Critical Relief for Hungry Americans, Struggling Businesses

October 2, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Four and half months after the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act stalled in the Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the legislation. The $2.2 trillion stimulus package incorporates many provisions National Farmers Union … Read More

Continuing Resolution Averts Government Shutdown, Provides Support for Hungry Americans and Farmers

September 30, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – With just hours to spare, the Senate today narrowly avoided a government shutdown by passing a continuing resolution to fund federal agencies through December 11. The bill, which now awaits President Donald Trump’s signature, would also provide nearly $8 billion for nutrition assistance … Read More

Food Safety Spotlight: Kansas Farmers Union Connects with Urban Growers On-Farm and Online

September 30, 2020Blog, Food Safety

By Charlie Michel, National Farmers Union Education and Outreach Coordinator When a statewide COVID-19 lockdown upended their food safety event planning, Mary Howell and Mercedes Taylor-Puckett of Kansas Farmers Union (KFU) were quick to respond with creative solutions for delivering on-farm education to Kansas growers. A primary challenge was reaching producers in cities like Wichita, … Read More

Pandemic Revealed Need for Structural Reform in the Food and Farm System, NFU Testimony States

September 30, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON  – Pandemic-related disruptions have exposed underlying weaknesses in our food and farm system, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew told the House Small Business Committee today during a hearing. In both verbal and written testimony, Larew highlighted the need for significant structural … Read More

A Year After Move, NIFA and ERS Still Woefully Understaffed

September 29, 2020Blog

By Hannah Packman, National Farmers Union Communications Director A year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) abruptly relocated two of its major research agencies – the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service) – from Washington, D.C. to Kansas City. The move forced dozens of experienced employees to quit, taking their expertise … Read More

NFU Welcomes Introduction of Next Generation Fuels Act

September 29, 2020Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Higher octane fuels like mid- and high-level ethanol blends are mutually beneficial for drivers, farmers, and the environment. Recognizing this, Representative Cheri Bustos today introduced the Next Generation Fuels Act, which would increase gasoline octane to a minimum standard of 98 Research Octane Number … Read More