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IYFF Celebrates Family Farmers, the Original Conservationists PDF Print E-mail

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Feb. 3, 2014

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 3, 2014) – Family farmers and ranchers are the original conservationists. They understand that caring for natural resources is crucial to the long-term viability of the family farm. As such, National Farmers Union (NFU) is proud to support conservation programs in the United States and conservation agriculture across the globe. In celebration of the United Nations naming 2014 the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), this month Farmers Union will be highlighting the importance of conservation across the country and around the world

“With the global population expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, family farmers and ranchers have a great challenge before them to be able to feed and clothe people around the world,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Production and conservation practices must be geared towards improving the productivity of the land in a sustainable fashion. With more mouths to feed and strained natural resources, it is now more important than ever to invest in conservation practices that help farmers adapt to a changing climate.”  

“NFU works to ensure that the best policies are put in place in Washington and across the country so that Americans drink clean water and breathe clean air, and so that future generations can continue the legacy of family farming,” continued Johnson.

“As we continue to celebrate IYFF and the work family farmers around the world are doing to feed, clothe and fuel the word, we encourage everyone to join our efforts, get involved locally and join Farmers Union. Information can be found at www.nfu.org/membership.”

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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House Passes Farm Bill, NFU Praises Efforts PDF Print E-mail

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Jan. 29, 2014

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WASHINGTON (Jan. 29, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the H.R. 2642, the Agricultural Act of 2014, by a 251-166 vote this morning.

“On behalf of the family farmers, ranchers, fishermen, rural residents and America’s consumers, I commend the House on passing the farm bill. The conference report is a true compromise and I am pleased to have certainty for all Americans

“The farm bill has always been a bipartisan effort, and for that I am thankful. I urge the Senate to take up the conference report right away so the 2014 Farm Bill can be signed into law by the president and the policies can be put into action.”

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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NFU Responds to State of the Union Address PDF Print E-mail

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Jan. 28, 2014

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WASHINGTON (Jan. 28, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“NFU is encouraged by the president’s commitment to our country’s energy future. Passage of the farm bill conference report, with an investment of $900 million in renewable energy, will take the initial step toward reaching the president’s goal. As the president said, ‘climate change is a fact,’ and America’s farmers and ranchers are positioned to be a part of the solution.

“The president placed emphasis on bringing jobs home to America, and ‘Made in the USA’ goods. Family farmers and ranchers, too, are proud of the fruits of their labor, which is why we stand up for consumers by supporting Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL).

“Fair trade is important to family farmers, ranchers and rural communities, and I hope the president changes the United States’ approach to negotiating trade deals. We must deal with systemic issues, such as currency manipulation, and set a strategic goal of reducing our enormous trade deficits, which directly harm U.S. economic growth and kill too many American jobs.

“Immigration reform is critical to farmers and ranchers across the country. I hope Congress takes the president’s sentiments to heart and makes comprehensive immigration reform its next priority. This ought to be a priority for liberals, moderates and conservatives alike, as it will reduce the deficit by $1 trillion dollars in two decades.

“The president’s message tonight is that we are ‘ready for a year of action,’ and passing the farm bill would be a great start. NFU will continue to work with the administration and Congress to ensure that the next farm bill is passed and effectively implemented."

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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NFU Board Calls on Congress to Pass 2014 Farm Bill this Week PDF Print E-mail

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Jan. 28, 2014

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WASHINGTON (Jan. 28, 2014) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson, under direction from the NFU Board of Directors, sent a letter today to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House John Boehner calling for the 2014 Farm Bill to be called up and voted on this week.

“Farm bill conference committee members have agreed to a compromise that will provide farmers, ranchers, rural residents and America’s consumers with policy certainty over the next five years,” said Johnson. “Thanks to the leadership of Chairwoman Stabenow, Chairman Lucas, Ranking Member Cochran, and Ranking Member Peterson, and, the farm bill is now at the final stage in the legislative process.”

The letter outlines several of NFU’s priorities that were included in the final report language.

“NFU is pleased with the conference report for a variety of reasons,” said Johnson. “The bill includes fixed reference prices to provide assistance to farmers only when truly necessary. It provides a strong crop insurance title and approximately $4 billion in livestock disaster assistance. The bill increases funding for the Farmers Market and Local Foods Promotion Program and related initiatives. We are also encouraged by the inclusion of robust mandatory funding levels for renewable energy programs. We’re also very happy that the bill preserves the ability of American family farmers and ranchers to distinguish their products in the marketplace through the existing Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law.”

“On behalf of all family farmers, ranchers, fishermen, rural residents and consumers, I call on Congress to pass the bill this week,” continued Johnson. “It is time to move forward and pass the farm bill.”

Click here to view the letter.

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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NFU Pleased with Initial Read of Farm Bill Conference Report PDF Print E-mail

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Jan. 27, 2014

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WASHINGTON (Jan. 27, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement following the 2014 Farm Bill Conference Committee’s release of its report on The Agricultural Act of 2014:

“Upon initial review of the language released by the committee, NFU is pleased with the final bill. I know that the farm bill is a long, laborious task and appreciate the work of leadership in both chambers, staff and all who made it possible to get this far in the process.

“I am encouraged to see provisions that benefit family farmers and ranchers in the bill, including approximately $4 billion in livestock disaster funds, retroactively available to those who suffered tremendous losses last October. It increases access for livestock producers to Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) benefits, along with many other supportive policies for the livestock industry.

“NFU is happy that Congress did not make any legislative changes to the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law or major adjustments to protections for producers under the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

“The NFU Board of Directors will meet tomorrow to review the bill, comparing it to the priorities that we have put forward to all members of Congress several times, but overall we are pleased to see the process move forward.”

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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