Congressional Tax Plans Jeopardize the Farm Safety Net, CBO Analysis Says

November 14, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-554-1600 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Amidst the steepest drop in farm profitability in a generation, U.S. Congressional leadership is proposing tax reform legislation that would jeopardize all funding for farm bill commodity safety net programs. The two tax bills being considered in both the U.S. Senate and … Read More

Access to Markets: Rural Development Grants

November 14, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy As we discussed last week on the Beginning Farmer Forum, the business infrastructure – such as federally-inspected livestock processing facilities for smaller orders and mills that service demand for local feed or flour – that would help beginning farmers connect with emerging markets often doesn’t exist … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? California Air Resources Board Cap-and-Trade Program

November 13, 2017Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, Director of Conservation Policy and NFU Foundation Farming is one of the few professions with the ability to not only reduce ongoing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but to also remove existing GHGs from the atmosphere. National Farmers Union supports policies and programs that maximize agriculture’s GHG elimination potential by offering value to farmers … Read More

Senate Tax Plan Could Undermine Farm Bill Funding

November 9, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9, 2017 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate leadership today released its plan for comprehensive tax reform. The legislation differs in many ways from its counterpart released by the U.S. House of Representatives a week ago.  The plan would comprise a greater number of individual tax brackets, limit … Read More

Access To Markets: Business & Industry Loan Guarantees  

November 7, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy As we’ve discussed here on the Beginning Farmer Forum, access to markets is among the greatest challenges for new producers. Oftentimes, beginning farmers face fewer obstacles in emerging markets than in well-established ones. For example, beginning farmers may be able to grow products appropriate for local and … Read More

What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Credit Stacking and Water Quality Trading

November 6, 2017Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, Director of Conservation Policy and NFU Foundation Environmental markets, in addition to being science based, quantifiable, innovative, and permanent, will have to offer farmers adequate incentives to adopt new conservation practices. Cases in which a single practice achieves more than one quantifiable environmental benefit, verifiably reducing more than one pollutant, payments for credits … Read More

Shift to More Regressive Taxation Would Increase Burden on Family Farmers and Ranchers

November 2, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.or WASHINGTON – U.S. House of Representatives leadership today released its blueprint for sweeping tax reform, including significant cuts to individual and corporate tax rates and eventual repeal of the estate tax. The plan is estimated to cost $1.51 trillion over the next decade. In … Read More

Access to Markets: Homegrown by Heroes

October 31, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Natalie Grote, NFU Intern Many veterans, upon returning home from serving our country, discover a newfound passion for farming or ranching. After putting in hours of hard work to start their operations, farmer veterans are often determined to both make a living as well as bolster their local economies by selling their homemade products, … Read More

Cooperatives Build A Better World

October 30, 2017Blog

By Cathy Statz, Wisconsin Farmers Union Education Director A mobile home park resident. A dairy farmer. A college student. A produce grower. A home care worker. A hardware store owner. What do these people all have in common? Each is the owner of a business called a cooperative. Many of us in rural America are familiar … Read More