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NFU’s 2014 College Conference on Cooperatives a Success PDF Print E-mail

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Feb. 18, 2014

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 18, 2014) – More than 135 students from the United States and Puerto Rico participated in the National Farmers Union (NFU) College Conference on Cooperatives last week. The students learned how cooperative businesses are adapting to changing environments in order to succeed and heard from cooperative experts from across the nation on why member-owned businesses are thriving in industries ranging from senior housing to healthcare.

“This is an opportunity for the cooperative community to teach young people about cooperative business principles and to show them that there are great careers in these dynamic, ethical and community-minded businesses,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. 

To bring cooperative education to life students toured housing, retail, and marketing cooperatives in Minneapolis and St. Paul. They visited the headquarters of CHS Inc., the nation’s largest agricultural cooperative. Students heard from cooperative leaders, farmers, and government experts who explained current challenges they face.

Presenters ranged from members, directors, employees and managers of traditional and value-added agricultural cooperatives to representatives of electric, housing, and worker-owned co-ops, as well as consumer cooperatives such as credit unions, REI and natural foods co-ops. These professionals offered insights on cooperative development here and abroad. 

“Farmers Union remains true to its roots of being an advocate for cooperative businesses and offering education programs, so it’s incredibly valuable to have events like this to help bring those topics together,” said Johnson. “Our own history is so closely tied with the cooperative movement. Cooperatives were made possible by legislative activity, and organized by farmers and ranchers to strengthen the economic opportunities in rural and urban communities. Farmers Union has a strong commitment to providing cooperative education not only to our own members, but also to the general public, and especially to young people, many of whom are just learning about the cooperative way of doing business.”

The conference was organized by National Farmers Union and sponsored by the CHS Foundation, CoBank, Farmers Union Industries Foundation, NFU Foundation, The Cooperative Foundation, SPIRE Federal Credit Union, CHS Inc., Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation, Federated Youth Foundation and Organic Valley.    

To learn more, visit www.nfu.org/education or www.facebook.com/NFU.Education

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 Thankful for Farm Bill, Livestock Disaster Programs PDF Print E-mail

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Feb. 14, 2014

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 14, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement to expedite assistance to farmers and ranchers suffering through the California drought and other recent calamities:

“The purpose and benefits of the recently enacted farm bill are evident once again with the extreme drought in California. Farmers, ranchers and growers are suffering through very difficult conditions. Fortunately the 2014 Farm Bill includes permanently authorized disaster programs to help those most in need. President Obama has wisely expedited the implementation of these programs, which will be made available retroactive to losses suffered in 2012 and 2013.

“Sound agriculture policy, like the livestock disaster programs, are the among the reasons NFU supported the 2014 Farm Bill. I applaud the work of the President and USDA in getting the livestock disaster programs up and running in a time when they’re truly needed.”

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 Hosts 2014 College Conference on Cooperatives PDF Print E-mail

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Feb. 13, 2014

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 13, 2014) – Students from across the nation will gather in Minneapolis Feb. 14 -16, for National Farmers Union’s (NFU) College Conference on Cooperatives (CCOC), to learn how cooperative businesses operate for the benefit of their customers. The annual event focuses on how and why cooperatives succeed in America's competitive business environment.

"In industries as varied as senior housing and child daycare to providing fertilizer and fuel to farmers, cooperatives are leading business models serving millions of Americans," said NFU President Roger Johnson.

The CHS Foundation, CoBank, Farmers Union Industries Foundation, National Farmers Union Foundation and others sponsor the NFU College Conference on Cooperatives. 

While in Minneapolis, students will be guests at CHS, the nation's leading and largest agricultural cooperative. The participants also will hear from cooperative leaders, farmers, and government experts who will explain the current challenges facing member-owned cooperatives. Additionally, the students will tour housing, retail and marketing cooperatives in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

"Our own history is very closely tied with the cooperative movement," said Johnson. "Farmers Union has a strong commitment to providing cooperative education not only to our own members, but also to the general public, and especially to young people."

For more information visit www.nfu.org/education.

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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President Obama Signs 2014 Farm Bill PDF Print E-mail

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Feb. 7, 2014

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 7, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement following President Obama signing the 2014 Farm Bill at a ceremony today:

“The president’s signature brings closure to a long process of negotiations, sacrifice and compromise. The result is a solid piece of legislation that provides an adequate safety net in times of need, aids the hungry, protects the environment, creates jobs, keeps Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) intact and helps bolster rural economies.

“I am pleased that we now have certainty for our family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and hungry Americans. NFU will continue to work with the administration and policymakers on the implementation of this bill so that the U.S. agriculture industry can continue to provide feed, fiber and fuel for our country and the world.”

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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Agriculture Leads Year of Action PDF Print E-mail

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Feb. 4, 2014

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 WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 2642, the Agricultural Act of 2014:

“Family farmers and ranchers have always been willing to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work that is needed to feed, fuel and clothe our nation and our world. It is only fitting that this legislation inspired Congress to do the hard work necessary to come together and pass a comprehensive, bipartisan five-year farm bill that enacts meaningful reforms and provides an effective safety net for farmers and needy Americans alike.

“I applaud the leadership of Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran in forging a bipartisan compromise. Passage of the bill on a wide 68-32 margin is a testament to the importance of the legislation to every region of the country.

“One of the best ways that President Obama could expand opportunities for working families, including the 16 million Americans employed in the agriculture industry, would be to sign the single piece of legislation that benefits every sector of our economy.

"I look forward to working with the president and his administration to implement the 2014 Farm Bill in alignment with his overarching policy goals."

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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