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NFU Statement on EPA’s Clean Power Plan Proposal PDF Print E-mail

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June 2, 2014

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WASHINGTON (June 2, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan proposal to cut carbon pollution 30 percent by 2030:

“The changing climate has already begun to affect agriculture, and it is clear that weather volatility will only continue to increase in the coming years unless our policymakers proactively address this challenge. I commend the administration for its leadership on climate change mitigation.

“Agriculture stands ready to be an important part of the solution to our climate challenges. I encourage Congress and the administration to engage the agricultural community in reducing carbon pollution by creating voluntary incentives for sequestering carbon and implementing conservation strategies that preserve our limited soil and water resources.

“The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is currently the most important policy we have to address climate change. I hope EPA reinforces today’s announcement by withdrawing its misguided proposal to undermine the RFS, returning the 2014 biofuels target to its statutory levels.

“I also urge EPA to recognize that rural electric cooperatives serve our nation’s farmers and ranchers and are a significant source of rural employment. Co-ops provide power to 42 million Americans and account for 12 percent of total U.S. electricity sales. Any regulatory action must consider the impact on rural electrics and the communities they serve.” 

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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EWG Ethanol Study Seriously Flawed PDF Print E-mail

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May 29, 2014

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WASHINGTON (May 29, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) recent publication, “Ethanol’s Broken Promise: Using Less Corn Ethanol Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions”:

“EWG’s finding that corn ethanol creates more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than regular gasoline is simply wrong. This publication is more of a political statement than a scientific analysis.

“The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory found that corn ethanol reduces GHG emissions by 34 percent compared to gasoline. This includes a robust lifecycle analysis taking hypothetical indirect land use change emissions into account.

“Unfortunately, EWG bills itself as an environmental organization but is advocating for policies that will do more harm to the environment. It is laughable to claim that gasoline that is derived from petroleum is more environmentally friendly than ethanol produced from a renewable resource.”

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 Statement on Committee Passage of House Ag Appropriations Bill PDF Print E-mail

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May 29, 2014

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WASHINGTON (May 29, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations’ passage of agriculture appropriations legislation:

“Unfortunately, the House Appropriations Committee has chosen to rehash old farm bill fights by defeating two amendments aimed at eliminating a harmful rider that continues to allow abusive market behavior by livestock and poultry processors. This rider only serves the profits of multinational meatpacking companies, to the detriment of family farmers, ranchers and rural America. I encourage conferees to follow the Senate’s lead by removing this misguided provision.

“The committee also cut important funding from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and from farm bill energy and conservation programs, limiting agencies’ ability to implement reforms included in the 2010 Dodd-Frank law and the 2014 Farm Bill. I hope Congress adopts the Senate’s more moderate approach and restores this funding as the bill progresses.”

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 Statement on House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations PDF Print E-mail

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May 20, 2014

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WASHINGTON (May 20, 2014) – Today both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees marked up legislation for the 2015 fiscal year.

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson previously submitted testimony to both the House and Senate subcommittees outlining a number of priorities, some of which were reflected in the draft legislation. NFU was also part of broad coalition letters that opposed any attempts to undermine Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) or the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s authority to enforce the Packers and Stockyards Act.

“I commend House and Senate appropriators for leaving the COOL law alone. Consumers want to know the origins of their food and farmers and ranchers want to tell them. There’s no need to do harm to COOL,” said Johnson.

“It is concerning, however, that the House bill included a harmful rider that would allow abusive market behavior by livestock and poultry processors,” said Johnson. “NFU appreciates the outspoken opposition to this rider by Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, during the subcommittee markup and urge the full Appropriations Committee in the House to follow suit and remove it.”

The House bill cuts important funding from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, limiting the agency’s ability to implement reforms included in the 2010 Dodd-Frank law and protect farmers and other end-users from excessive speculation.

“NFU opposes the House’s attempt to rehash 2014 Farm Bill battles by cutting funding for farm bill energy and conservation programs. These programs were robustly debated throughout the long farm bill reauthorization process, and Congress’ actions must not be undermined through appropriations. I encourage the House to emulate the Senate’s more reasonable approach as the bill progresses.”

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 President Recaps USDA Trade Mission to China PDF Print E-mail

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May 20, 2014

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WASHINGTON (May 20, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement on his recent participation in a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mission to promote U.S.-produced biofuels and other agricultural products in northeast China:

“I appreciate U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s recent actions to make U.S. ethanol and dried distillers grains (DDGs) eligible for USDA Foreign Agriculture Service support and thank Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse for leading this trade mission. This productive mission revealed two things:

“First, the potential ethanol export market in China is substantial. Demand for ethanol is high, and domestic production meets less than half of their projected ethanol needs. However, in order to meet this demand, it is clear that we must first resolve some government regulatory and environmental issues.

“Second, DDG exports to China will likely continue to be difficult and sporadic until China modifies its biotech approval process so it is comparable to that of the rest of the world.

“Renewable energy drives rural economies, creates jobs and helps to solve our global climate challenges. I look forward to continuing to explore new markets both here and abroad for biofuels produced by American family farmers and ranchers.” 

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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