U.S. Farm & Biofuel Leaders Condemn Rumors of Last-Minute RFS Waivers

January 14, 2021Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 13, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on President Trump to reject last-minute attacks on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and American farmers throughout the country, a plan reported to be under consideration by Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). … Read More

Tenth Circuit Court Plaintiffs Respond to Supreme Court Action

January 11, 2021Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s decision in RFA et al. v. EPA,  which overturned three inappropriately granted small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The following is a statement … Read More

Farm & Biofuel Coalition Rejects EPA’s Excuses for Failing to Comply with 2017 Court Order

January 7, 2021Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Today, a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed its reply in support of its motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. The motion, originally filed on November 23, 2020, asks the court to … Read More

New Year, New Water Test

January 7, 2021Food Safety No Comments

By Billy Mitchell, NFU Food Safety Training Coordinator Organize the tools. Clean the barn. Patch the pants. As farmers make their New Year’s resolutions, produce growers have an extra one to add: test the water. Contaminated water is often the culprit of produce-related food borne illnesses – but with proper precautions, it can be avoided. … Read More

Farmers Union Condemns Violent Effort to Undermine Democracy

January 7, 2021Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2021 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – As Congress prepared to verify the results of the 2020 presidential election today, a group of far-right insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol building, vandalizing and stealing federal property, assaulting Capitol police officers, and threatening lawmakers with violence. The event, which occurred mere blocks … Read More

How the Justice for Black Farmers Act Levels the Playing Field

December 22, 2020Blog No Comments

By Mackenzie Jeter, NFU Intern A hundred years ago, agriculture was a relatively diverse profession in the United States: a million Black farmers operated about 14 percent of the country’s farms. The makeup of the modern agricultural workforce could not look more different. Today, there are just 48,000 Black farmers – a 95 percent decline … Read More

Farmers Union Welcomes Stimulus Package, Urges Biden Administration to Follow Up with Additional Assistance

December 22, 2020Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 21, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – After months of negotiations, Congress today passed a $900 billion pandemic relief bill. As the pandemic has worn on over the last several months, National Farmers Union (NFU) has repeatedly urged legislators to provide American families and businesses with the help they need … Read More

Using Old Methods to Teach New Food Safety Techniques

December 16, 2020Food Safety No Comments

By Billy Mitchell, NFU Food Safety Training Coordinator Built on Booker T. Washington’s practice of taking educational opportunities to rural areas, designed by George Washington Carver, and financed by Morris Jesup, Jesup Wagons were “moveable schools” that delivered the university classroom experience to farmers across Alabama. Back in 1906, they were horse-drawn wagons but gradually evolved with the … Read More

Rule Fails to Protect Farmers from Discriminatory Practices, According to Farmers Union

December 10, 2020Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON –Due to unchecked corporate consolidation in the livestock industry, family farmers and ranchers have been subject to unfair and anticompetitive practices. But a new rule finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) falls short of providing meaningful protections from such practices. The … Read More

Farmers Union Announces New Climate Change Policy Advisory Panel

December 9, 2020Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 9, 2020 Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – To strengthen its ongoing efforts to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis, National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced its new Climate Change Policy Advisory Panel (CCPAP). The panel’s 16 family farmer and rancher members will inform the organization’s climate-related legislative work, educational programming, outreach, and communications. … Read More