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Let’s Keep COOL this Independence Day PDF Print E-mail

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July 2, 2014

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WASHINGTON (July 2, 2014) – More than 74 million Americans plan to celebrate our nation’s independence this weekend by enjoying a barbecue. About 900 million pounds of pork, beef and chicken will be purchased around the country this week. With all that meat on the grill over the weekend, consumers ought to know where that food comes from.

Fortunately Americans can clearly see the country (or countries) of origin of the meat products they buy at the grocery store. This information is included on the label or near the meat counter, and is called Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL). This well-intentioned and useful label enjoys near-unanimous support from shoppers, with a May 2013 poll finding that more than 90 percent of consumers want COOL. Furthermore, 87 percent of adults favored a requirement for food sellers to indicate on the package the country or countries in which animals were born, raised and processed.

In a recent letter to Congress, 179 farm, rural, faith, environmental, labor, farmworker and consumer organizations also highlighted the importance of keeping COOL. It is very clear consumers continue to want to know more information about their food, not less.

Even though COOL is extremely popular, it has been under attack for decades. Even though basic origin information is required on nearly all consumer products, COOL for meat is still relatively new – it’s only been in effect since 2009.

Recent efforts by multinational meat companies and foreign competitors have sought to repeal COOL. These interest groups have declared war on the consumer’s basic right-to-know and are trying to scare Congress into going against the wishes of 90 percent of the American public.

On this Fourth of July weekend, National Farmers Union urges you to take time to exercise your right to know where your food comes from. Once the barbecue is over, put your right to free speech to use, too. Tell Congress to declare independence from “big meat” and to keep COOL.

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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Aging Farm Population Opens Door For Beginning Farmers PDF Print E-mail

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July 1, 2014

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WASHINGTON (July 1, 2014) – In celebration of the United Nations’ 2014 International Year of Family Farming, this month National Farmers Union (NFU) is highlighting opportunities for interested individuals to get into farming. According to the U.S. Census the average age of a farmer in the United States is 57. This is up from 54 in 1997. The percentage of farmers over 65 has increased by about 10 percent since 1969.

“With an aging farm workforce, there is a real need for new, beginning and transitioning farmers and ranchers to enter the agriculture sector,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “At the same time, as soldiers return home from tours abroad, they are looking for new employment opportunities. Farming is an excellent way for these men and women to transition back into the workforce.”

“NFU supports programs for beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as veterans, in order to ensure the future of our industry,” said Johnson.

National Farmers Union’s Beginning Farmers Institute (BFI) develops and encourages agricultural leaders from all backgrounds. Leadership training and farm management skills are taught to promising individuals eager to enter or expand their agricultural knowledge. According to the Farmer Veteran Coalition, as of 2009 there were 21.9 million veterans in the United States, including 1.5 million female veterans.

To support our efforts, we encourage everyone to get involved and join their local 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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NFU Urges Congress to Stay the Course on COOL PDF Print E-mail

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June 30, 2014

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WASHINGTON (June 30, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to renewed efforts by opponents of Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) to repeal the consumer labeling requirements:

"The World Trade Organization's report on COOL's compliance with trade obligations has reportedly been transmitted to the U.S. government but not yet been made available to the public. Despite that fact, the multinational meatpackers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are pushing to repeal COOL without knowing the full findings of the WTO compliance study. Urging Congress to repeal COOL laws before the WTO report is issued is just another desperate attempt to prevent consumers from having access to basic information about their food. 

“NFU eagerly awaits the WTO report and will recommend a response if necessary. Consumers have a right to know where their food comes from and our family farmer and rancher members agree. The WTO has already ruled that the U.S. COOL law is acceptable. There are many policy or regulatory options – if any are needed – that can be adopted in order to comply, although NFU feels the current COOL regulations are WTO-compliant."

 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 Holds 78th All-States Leadership Camp for Rural Youth PDF Print E-mail

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June 30, 2014

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WASHINGTON (June 30, 2014) – Young adults from across the country are returning home from Bailey, Colo., where they participated in National Farmers Union’s (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp.

“Our grassroots heritage includes an educational program for young leaders that is more than 75 years old,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “The participants at All-States have gone on to be leaders in agriculture, cooperatives, and rural communities.”

Farmers Union campers come together each summer at the NFU Education Center to take part in cooperative activities and listen to several inspirational speakers. Campers heard from Andrew Jacobs of Co-Bank; Rulon Gardner, Olympic gold and bronze medalist in Greco-Roman Wrestling; and NFU leaders, including immediate past Vice President Claudia Svarstad.

This year’s camp focused on “Farming Means a World of Good,” reflecting the 2014 being declared the International Year of Family Farming by the United Nations. Campers learned to appreciate the cultural and economic value of family farm agriculture in America and worldwide.

“As a former camper, I understand the importance of building leaders in our industry at a young age,” said Johnson. “We are very proud of these young people and the tradition of NFU’s All-States Leadership Camp.”

The campers elected six of their peers to represent them nationwide. The 2014/2015 National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC) includes:  Nicollette Bitz, Napoleon, N.D.; RaeLyn Leier, Fargo, N.D.; Chris Nemec, Holabird, S.D.; Tyson Peppler, Colo.; Dayton Trujillo, DeSmet, S.D.; and Lexie Weber, New Rockford, N.D. NYAC duties include representing thousands of Farmers Union youth across the country, including working at the annual NFU Convention. These young Farmers Union leaders also help plan the next year’s NFU All-States Leadership Camp.

To participate in All-States Leadership Camp, Farmers Union members, ages 17-20, must meet specific criteria throughout the year. For more information, visit 
www.nfu.org/education/events/all-states-leadership-camp. All-States is sponsored by the FUI Foundation, Farm Credit, CoBank and CHS Foundation.

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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CBO Study on RFS Deeply Flawed PDF Print E-mail

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June 27, 2014

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WASHINGTON (June 27, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) Senior Vice President of Programs Chandler Goule issued the following statement in response to a study by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):  

 “CBO’s claim that repealing the RFS would reduce gasoline prices is simply false. The RFS has reduced consumer demand for oil, and the study fails to take that into account. It is unfortunate that CBO, which is supposed to be objective, released such a flawed study that does not take into account the reality of fuel markets.”  

 “Study after study show that the RFS is saving consumers money. E85prices.com recently released data showing that consumers filling up with E85 can save an average of $0.61 less per gallon.”

 “Thankfully, the CBO study does acknowledge that the RFS is not driving up food prices. Additional studies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the World Bank clearly show that ethanol does not increase prices in the grocery store.”

 “The RFS is a successful policy tool that decreases our nation’s reliance on foreign oil, creates economic opportunities in rural America, and effectively decreases the greenhouse gas footprint of the transportation sector. CBO should have taken all of these benefits to consumers into consideration when performing the study.”

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