Access to Land: Leasing Farmland

May 2, 2017Beginning Farmers No Comments

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern For a beginning farmer, who may not have the means to purchase their own land, leasing is often the most viable route to starting an operation. Typically, a lease doesn’t require a hefty downpayment or burdensome loan, and the financial risk is shared between the landowner and the tenant. However, farm … Read More

What Do Farmers Need To Know About Climate Change? Conservation Planning

May 1, 2017Climate Column No Comments

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Over the past several months, the Climate Column has featured many conservation practices, like installing filter strips or planting cover crops, that help mitigate climate change and build an operation’s climate resilience. For many producers, it may not be immediately clear which practices would be most beneficial for their … Read More

NFU Calls on FTC to Oppose ChemChina Acquisition of Syngenta

May 1, 2017Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Continuing a long tradition of advocating for competitive marketplaces for family farmers and ranchers, National Farmers Union (NFU) today urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to oppose the proposed China National Chemical Corp’s (ChemChina) acquisition of Syngenta AG. In public comments to … Read More

NeFU Comments Opposing China National Chemical Corporation’s proposed purchase of Syngenta AG

May 1, 2017Press Releases No Comments

Nebraska Farmers Union Submits Comments to Federal Trade Commission Opposing China National Chemical Corporation’s proposed purchase of Syngenta AG   Lincoln, NE.   Nebraska Farmers Union submitted written comments to the Federal Trade Commission opposing China National Chemical Corporation’s (ChemChina) proposed purchase of Syngenta AG for four basic reasons:   Based on decades of market consolidation … Read More

Access to Markets: Colorado Herb Cooperative

April 28, 2017Beginning Farmers No Comments

By Stephanie Syson, Lead Grower & Owner of Biodynamic Botanicals The United States is a large consumer of medicinal herbs, mainly in the form of value-added products such as dietary supplements, teas, personal care products, cosmetics, and other nutraceuticals. However, many of the herbs used to make these products are imported from foreign markets. In … Read More

NIFA Announces $4.8 Million in Available Funding for Food Safety Projects

April 27, 2017News

April 27, 2017 By Skylar Schneider, Executive Assistant Contact: Chelsea Matzen, 202-554-1600 [email protected] This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $4.8 million in available funding through the Food Safety Outreach Program. Per NIFA, the purpose of this funding is to “develop and implement food safety training, … Read More

Access to Markets: Cooperatives

April 25, 2017Beginning Farmers No Comments

By Jimmy Dula, NFU Intern Although you might not know it, cooperatives are woven throughout every industry in the United States, including housing, banking, agriculture, food retail, and healthcare, providing people with basic goods and services through collectively owned and democratically organized businesses and organizations. Opportunities for cooperatives exist when a group of people or organizations share a … Read More

Update on the State Produce Implementation CAP

April 25, 2017News

April 25, 2017 By Skylar Schneider, Executive Assistant Contact: Chelsea Matzen, 202-554-1600 [email protected] In September 2016, 42 states received federal funding through the State Produce Implementation Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP) to be used for development of produce safety programs that provide education, technical assistance, inspection, compliance, and oversight regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). … Read More