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  • National Farmers Union supports Senate Dairy Program

    National Farmers Union (NFU) praises the U.S. Senate version of dairy policy after a recent comparison by the Congressional Research Servicearch Service (CRS) of the House and Senate farm bills shows that the Senate’s dairy program costs less than ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • National Farmers Union Praises Farm-to-Fleet Initiative

    National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Navy's joint "Farm-to-Fleet" venture will now make biofuel blends part of regular, operational fuel purchase and use by the military: “NFU is ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • EPA Administrator to Speak at National Farmers Union Convention in Wichita, Kan.

    On Monday, March 16, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will speak at the National Farmers Union (NFU) Convention in Wichita, Kan., about the need to protect the waters that matter most and the important outreach and feedback we’ve received from NFU. From manufacturing and brewing to farming and ranching, American businesses can’t function without clean water and one in three Americans ...

  • National Farmers Union Celebrates International Year of Family Farming

    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 ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • Farmers Union Represented at Politico Agriculture Event

    National Farmers Union (NFU) Secretary and Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson presented on a panel today (on November 14, 2013) sponsored by Politico Pro Agriculture. The event was designed to be a series of conversations among policy and industry leaders exploring the future of our nation's agriculture community, the farm bill and the regulatory road ahead. ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • NFU Responds to State of the Union Address

     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 ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • IYFF Celebrates Family Farmers, the Original Conservationists

    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 ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • Aging Farm Population Opens Door For Beginning Farmers

    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 ...


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  • USDA Announces Conservation Programs that Benefit Beginning Farmers

    Yesterday U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the beginning of a sign-up period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and implementation of the Transition Incentives Program (TIP): “I applaud the administration’s efforts to protect vulnerable agricultural land for the benefit of future generations of farmers,” said ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • NFU Announces Beginning Farmer Institute Participants

    National Farmers Union (NFU) announced the 15 participants selected for the fourth class of its Beginning Farmer Institute. Those selected for the next class are Nicole Vojtech of Ohio; Tracey Zink of Nebraska; Courtney Krueger of North Dakota; Chris Holman and Kriss Marion of Wisconsin; Harrison Topp of Colorado; Glen Hughes and Thomas Clark of Indiana; Erin Bailey of Washington; Rick Duvall of ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • NFU Participates in Farmer Veteran Coalition Conference

    The second annual "Empowering Women Veterans: Success in Agriculture Business and Well-Being" conference Nov. 14-17, will put National Farmers Union leaders front and center for a discussion on inspiring women to take leadership roles. NFU Vice President Claudia Svarstad and Director of Education Maria Miller will lead a session on women in ag leadership at the Farmer ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • NFU Beginning Farmer Institute Studies Cooperatives

    National Farmers Union (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) participants are in Minneapolis this week to take a closer look at the value of cooperative businesses, tour a family dairy farm, and consider legal issues and bookkeeping requirements that are critical to success. “As diverse as production agriculture can be, farmers and ranchers ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • UN agricultural agency aiding Peruvian alpaca farmers

    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is rushing veterinary care to the rural population in the Peruvian Andes, where the Government has declared a state of emergency after two weeks of heavy rains. Livestock farmers in the central and southern regions of Apurimac, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Puno and Cusco are in a serious crisis, according to FAO, as the rains ...


    By United Nations

  • Factors affecting farmers’ adoption of Integrated Pest Management

    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a sustainable approach to reduce pesticide use and risks of adverse effects on human health and the environment. However, its adoption by European farmers cannot be based only on mandatory regulation by the European Union, a new study suggests. The research identified four key factors driving IPM adoption; including market forces, policy instruments and ...

  • Putting the right inputs in the hands of Niger’s farmers

    A five year, €6 million multi-donor initiative to intensify agriculture has achieved yield increases of up to 100 percent in over half of Niger's farmer villages, FAO said today ahead of a high-level meeting on renewed efforts to end hunger in Africa, where Niger will present its new hunger reduction strategy. According to FAO's most recent hunger statistics, Niger has brought down ...

  • NFU Represented on USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden announced Thursday the appointment of 20 members to serve on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. National Farmers Union Director of Education Maria Miller and New England Farmers Union member Michelle Conner were selected to sit on the committee. The committee will provide guidance ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • New practical workshops to help UK farmers prevent nitrate pollution

    Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) workshops and farm walks that provide hands-on help for farmers and land managers are now taking bookings across the East Midlands. Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) workshops and farm walks that provide hands-on help for farmers and land managers are now taking bookings across the East Midlands. Following the extremely popular national NVZ seminars that ran between ...

  • Flood-affected Serbian farmers receive EU and FAO aid

    European Union assistance to flood-affected Serbian farm households got under way with a first delivery of animal feed here today. Financed by the EU and delivered in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the assistance forms part of the EU's overall flood recovery package to Serbia valued at €30m. Farmers in Trstenik are among the first to receive the EU ...

  • Applications Now Being Accepted for 2014 NFU Beginning Farmers Institute

    National Farmers Union (NFU) is now accepting applications for its 2014 Beginning Farmers Institute (BFI) program. The annual program, now accepting its fourth class of students, is open to individuals who are new to farming, are in the process of transferring an operation from a relative or non-relative to themselves, or are contemplating a career in farming or ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • FAO and EU help Zimbabwe’s farmers expand productivity and commercialization

    The European Union (EU), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Zimbabwe have launched a major programme to assist poor smallholder farmers to boost production, productivity and engage in commercial agriculture through integrated farming approaches. The 4-year US$19 million (13.78 Million Euro) programme will be managed by FAO and will focus on ...

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