Access to Efficiency: Conservation Stewardship Program

November 28, 2017Beginning Farmers

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy NFU’s Climate Column has covered a number of farming practices, including conservation tillage and rotational grazing, that can help farmers increase profits by saving money on inputs, energy, and labor. Beginning farmers can receive assistance to implement such practices, as well as incentive payments for the environmental benefits … Read More

What Can Farmers Do About Climate Change? Adapted Seeds

November 27, 2017Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, Director of Conservation Policy and NFU Foundation As we’ve noted on the  Climate Column, climate change will disturb the precipitation patterns and temperatures on which farmers rely to grow crops. Farmers will need to adapt to these changes by implementing new practices and readjusting old ones. One option is selecting seeds for staple crops – … Read More

Farmers Receive 11 Cents of Thanksgiving Retail Food Dollar, NFU Farmer’s Share Shows

November 21, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – Farmers and ranchers take home just 11.4 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail … Read More

NFU Alarmed by House Passage of Tax Reform Bill: Organization Scored the Vote, Now Urging a No Vote on Senate Version

November 16, 2017Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today voted 227-205 to approve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a bill that would provide tax cuts and breaks to corporations and wealthy Americans at an estimated cost of $1.5 trillion. National Farmers Union (NFU), a … Read More

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