What Should Farmers Know About Climate Change? Livestock & Carbon Sequestration

June 19, 2017Climate Column No Comments

By Jonathan Reinbold, Sustainability, Research & Grant Manager at Organic Valley Here’s an interesting paradox: livestock is both a major contributor to and a solution for excess carbon in the atmosphere, which is intensifying climate change. The most conservative estimates suggest that raising livestock accounts for nearly 15% of global greenhouse gases emitted each year; the … Read More

U.S. Policy Reversal on Cuba Eliminates Opportunity for Family Farmers

June 16, 2017Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2017 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202-554-1654 [email protected] WASHINGTON – During a speech today in Miami, Florida, President Donald Trump announced plans to roll back an Obama-era detente with Cuba, a move that will tighten export restrictions and create roadblocks in the distribution of goods, complicating agricultural trade with Cuba Highlighting the … Read More

Access to Land: Conservation Reserve Program Transition Incentives Program

June 13, 2017Beginning Farmers No Comments

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy Administered by the Farm Service Agency, (FSA) the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) awards producers rental payments for taking environmentally sensitive land out of production. Contracts last between 10-15 years, at which point, a producer can either re-enroll or put the land back into production. In some … Read More

NFU Joins Broad Coalition in Support of USDA Rural Development

June 12, 2017Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON – Recent efforts by the Trump Administration to weaken and eliminate important rural development work done within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are not sitting well with family farmers, ranchers, and rural residents. National Farmers Union (NFU) today joined a coalition of … Read More

U.S. Should Create a Fair Trade Framework That Puts Family Farmers, Ranchers, & Rural Communities First

June 12, 2017Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As the Trump Administration navigates a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to establish a new, fair trade framework for international trade deals that benefits family farmers, ranchers, and rural residents. … Read More

U.S. Should Create a Fair Trade Framework That Puts Family Farmers, Ranchers, & Rural Communities First

June 12, 2017Press Releases No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON – As the Trump Administration navigates a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to establish a new, fair trade framework for international trade deals that benefits family farmers, ranchers, and rural residents. … Read More

What Can Farmers and Ranchers Do About Climate Change? Market Access for Pastured Meat

June 12, 2017Climate Column No Comments

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy The Climate Column has covered a number of grazing practices that encourage soil health, such as prescribed grazing and rotational grazing. These practices store atmospheric carbon in the soil while protecting forage from the increasingly volatile precipitation patterns driven by climate change, allowing producers to both mitigate … Read More