Study Finds Rural Health Care Lags Behind Urban Health Care

August 29, 2011Blog No Comments

by Tony Jarboe, NFU communications coordinator Nearly one in four rural Americans rate the health care in their communities either fair or poor, according to a poll commissioned by United Health Care. That is twice the rate that urban residents rate the health care in their communities in either of those categories. This poll corroborates … Read More

Renewables and Rural Energy Opportunities Study Tour Continues

August 27, 2011Blog No Comments

By Jan Ahlen, NFU Climate and Energy Coordinator ÖkoFen Pellet Heating in Austria and Krinner “The Ground Screws” in Germany. These are the names of two companies that have profited from the opportunities of German and Austrian renewable energy laws. ÖkoFen manufactures pellet boilers and 80 percent of their revenue comes from exports. Krinner manufactures … Read More

NFU Celebrates 2012 as International Year of Cooperatives

August 15, 2011Blog No Comments

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU Government Relations Representative   NFU is proud to join the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Senate and countless other agricultural, consumer, business and social justice organizations worldwide in celebrating 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives. The NFU board of directors recently adopted a Co-op resolution recognizing this special event. … Read More

NFU Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

August 8, 2011Blog No Comments

By Tony Jarboe, NFU Communications Coordinator U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared this week, Aug. 7-13, to be National Farmers Market Week. In his proclamation, Secretary Vilsack said that “thousands of farmers markets across the country offer consumers affordable, convenient, and the healthful products sold directly to consumers in their freshest possible state.” … Read More

New NFU Promotional Video

August 2, 2011Video No Comments

By Tony Jarboe, NFU Communications Coordinator NFU has a new promotional video with sights and sounds from the 2011 convention. The video features a variety of speakers highlighting some of NFU’s strengths and beliefs, as well as a few snappy one-liners by friends of NFU. Speakers in the video discuss some of the issues that … Read More

Devastating Flooding: No End in Sight

August 1, 2011Blog No Comments

Richard Oswald, Missouri Farmers Union president, was a panelist at a briefing held last week by Rep. Carnahan, D-Mo., sharing his experiences with the devastating floods this year. The following is from his presentation: My wife Linda, our son Ryan and I are out of our home near Langdon, Mo., due to flooding. The house … Read More

NFU President’s Month on the Road

August 1, 2011Blog No Comments

By Roger Johnson, NFU President Over the past four weeks, I had the opportunity to visit many states throughout the Midwest. I set off in late June on a month-long adventure with stops in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan. I drove many miles and saw a lot of countryside. The weather … Read More