Recap: Senate Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Markup

April 26, 2012Blog No Comments

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU government relations representative Today the Senate Committee on Agriculture marked up its draft of the 2012 Farm Bill (entitled the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012) and passed the final version out of committee on a bipartisan 16-5 vote. The manager’s amendment offered today incorporated a number of changes … Read More

White House Honors “Champions of Change”

April 24, 2012Blog No Comments

By Justin Sherlock, NFU intern On Thursday, the White House hosted a panel titled “Innovations in Renewable Energy” which is part of the Champions of Change recognition efforts that are being done. In essence, the White House was honoring individuals who have helped spur innovations that are advancing the renewable energy industry. One honoree, Lt. … Read More

Supreme Court Should Uphold ACA

March 26, 2012Blog No Comments

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU government relations representative This morning the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health care law passed just over two years ago. Farmers Union members have always felt that access to affordable, quality health care is the right of all citizens, rural … Read More

Discussion, Debate Highlight NFU Convention

March 13, 2012Blog No Comments

By Tony Jarboe, NFU communications coordinator Missouri Farmers Union President Richard Oswald has a great write-up of NFU’s 110th Anniversary Convention in La Vista, Neb., in the Daily Yonder today. He discusses NFU’s approach to policy creation, the special orders of business that were passed, and the new NFU logo. Below is an excerpt from … Read More

A New Voice in Agriculture

March 13, 2012Blog No Comments

The following speech was delivered by New England Farmers Union member Tess Lavoie-Brown at NFU’s 110th Anniversary Convention in La Vista, Neb. Thanks to folks at the National Farmers Union for inviting me to speak. I am a new voice, and it takes enormous confidence for them to bring me here. I say I am … Read More

Renewable Energy Key to Reviving Rural Economies

March 12, 2012Blog No Comments

By Jan Ahlen, NFU government relations representative Rural America is under increased economic stress. What once was a thriving sector of the economy and a boon for rural economic development, American agriculture employs fewer people every year. As a result, there are fewer jobs for young people. Today’s farm children would rather move to cities … Read More

Cooperatives: The Win-Win Way of Doing Business

March 12, 2012Blog No Comments

By Maria Miller, NFU director of education This year people around the world are celebrating a business model that puts people first. In a world where the majority of businesses put profit first, this model is being called innovative. For Farmers Union, we call it history. Farmers Union’s roots go back to Point, Texas, where, … Read More

House Education Committee Marks up Student Success Act

March 1, 2012Blog No Comments

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU government relations representative Beginning today, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce plans to markup H.R. 3989, the Student Success Act. One of the amendments to this legislation that the committee plans to consider has particular implications for rural schools ­ an amendment based on H.R. 2485, the All Children … Read More

USDA Launches Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

March 1, 2012Blog No Comments

By Brittany Jablonsky, NFU government relations representative Yesterday the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass, an interactive web-based document and map highlighting USDA support for local and regional food projects and successful producer, business and community case studies. The KYF Compass is a digital guide to USDA … Read More