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COOL Arguments Heard in Court PDF Print E-mail

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Jan. 9, 2014

Contact: Melisa Augusto, 202-554-1600
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WASHINGTON (Jan. 9, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement following the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit hearing arguments in the ongoing Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) lawsuit in which NFU is an intervener:

"Today's argument presents to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit the question of whether the U.S. District Court's denial of the preliminary injunction on the implementation of the May 2013 revised regulations on COOL on meat products should be upheld. The May decision was a victory for supporters of COOL. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new COOL rules brought the United States into compliance with the World Trade Organization.

"This case is about the ability of consumers to make informed decisions on their purchases of meat products. At a time when consumers are asking for more information about the origins and content of their food, it is important that the court uphold its original decision. The USDA revised regulations provide consumers more information and should reduce confusion for consumers at retail.

"While the packer-producer groups and foreign competitors have sought to limit the consumer's ability to know the origins of their food, NFU and our allies strongly supported the government position that a preliminary injunction wasn't appropriate.

"We are hopeful that the D.C. Circuit's decision will uphold the district court's denial of the preliminary injunction."

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 Disappointed in EPA’s Proposed 2014 RFS Targets PDF Print E-mail

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Jan. 7, 2014

Contact: Melisa Augusto, 202-314-3191
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WASHINGTON (Jan. 7, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today expressing deep concern with EPA’s proposed 2014 volumes for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). EPA’s proposal reduces overall volumes by 16 percent. This is the first time in the program’s history that EPA has reduced overall targets.

“EPA’s proposal is a big step backward in the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, ending our reliance on foreign oil, and giving consumers a choice at the pump,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “The RFS is a principle driver of the cellulosic and advanced biofuels industry. This proposal would strand billions of dollars of investment in the next generation of biofuels and send those investment dollars overseas.”

“The ethanol industry supports nearly 400,000 jobs nationwide. If the current proposal is finalized, it will reduce farm income and damage rural economies,” Johnson continued. “EPA wrongly justified its action based on the so-called ‘blend wall.’ This is a creation of the oil industry in order to protect its market share. EPA needs to stand up to Big Oil and support an American-produced, environmentally responsible alternative.”

Under section 211(o) of the Clean Air Act, the EPA is required to set the renewable fuel targets for the following year.

Click here to view NFU’s comments.

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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National Farmers Union Celebrates International Year of Family Farming PDF Print E-mail

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Jan. 6, 2014

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WASHINGTON (Jan. 6, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement declaring the organization’s support for the United Nations (UN) declaring 2014 the International Year of Family Farming:

“As a grassroots organization comprised of family farmers, NFU is pleased that the UN has made this declaration and will be celebrating the rich tradition of family farming about which we so deeply care.

“Family farming touches the lives of every single person in the United States and the world. Our family farmers work tirelessly to provide an affordable, abundant supply of food, feed, fiber and fuel and are proud of our labors. In 2014 Farmers Union will be extending its efforts to ensure that more people are able to recognize where their food comes from, and how critical agriculture is to even the most urban areas.

“NFU works with its membership to ensure that the best policies are put in place in across the country and around the world so that consumers are supported, our environment is cared for, and future generations continue the legacy of family farming. To support our efforts, we are encouraging 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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