Escalating Trade War Exacerbates Weak Farm Economy, Farmers Union Says

August 23, 2019Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– In retaliation against the United States’ most recent escalation in an ongoing trade war, China today announced that it will increase tariffs on $75 billion worth of American goods, including a number of agricultural products. Starting on September 1, the country plans raise … Read More

Farm Walk Series: Regenerative Agriculture and Food Safety at Spoon Full Farm

August 23, 2019Blog

By Teri Rakusin, Farm Program Intern, Tilth Alliance, with support from Allison Kaika, National Farmers Union Intern  Tilth Alliance is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington that focuses on organic gardening and urban ecology. They provide classes, learning gardens and farms, and community programming for the purpose of building an ecologically sound, economically viable, and … Read More

Letter from Langdon: 40 Feet High and Rising

August 20, 2019Letters From Langdon No Comments

With mismanagement and aging infrastructure, the Army Corps’ flood-control strategy on the Missouri amounts to yelling “look out below” to the folks downstream. For farmers in the path of the record-setting wall of water, the results are predictable – and catastrophic. Anyone living next a stream, creek, or river will tell you that in times … Read More

The Clean Water Act’s Double Standard

August 20, 2019Letters From Langdon No Comments

Vernal pools, spots that temporarily hold water, are at the heart of conflicts over Waters of the U.S. regulations. When farmers try to do the right thing, they may still get in trouble. A California farmer who plowed dry ground faces large fines from the Environmental Protection Agency for polluting America’s waterways. Meanwhile, under some conditions, … Read More

NFU Welcomes Thirteen New Participants for its 2019-2020 Beginning Farmer Institute

August 19, 2019Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– Building on over a century of agricultural education, National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced its ninth Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) cohort. Thirteen beginning farmers and ranchers from across the United States will take part in the education program, which promotes the success of … Read More

Trump Gave Green Light for Hardship Waivers: Reuters

August 16, 2019Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump directly authorized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of 31 small refinery exemptions (SREs) last Friday, per a Reuters report. The action will eliminate demand for biofuels by an estimated 1.43 billion gallons, bringing the total losses due to … Read More

EPA Grants 31 Hardship Waivers, Undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard

August 9, 2019Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 9, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON– According to a recent Reuters report,  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved 31 of its 38 pending small refinery exemptions (SREs) for 2018. Recipients of the exemptions are not required to comply with renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). … Read More

Farmers Market Week Brings Communities Together

August 7, 2019Blog No Comments

By Allison Kaika, NFU Intern Fresh produce lining the street, neighbors mingling, the smell of baked goods wafting in the breeze. This is a scene many of us have come to know and love: a weekend morning at your local farmers market. In addition to the aesthetic appeal and community atmosphere, farmers markets stimulate the … Read More

Kentucky Horticulture Council “Tests the Waters” of Food Safety

August 5, 2019Blog

By Cindy Finneseth, PhD, with support from Allison Kaika, National Farmers Union Intern As a part of the Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC)’s work on produce safety outreach to farmers, education and training, Kentucky Horticulture Council (KHC) and its partners have put together a project to teach Kentucky’s produce farmers about requirements for testing agricultural … Read More