Agri-Pulse Open Mic with NFU President

Cindy Zimmerman

Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features National Farmers Union President, Roger Johnson. As the group prepares for their 2015 convention, Johnson shares his support for current farm bill and opposes any attempt to return to open policy debate. NFU members oppose Trade Promotion Authority for the Obama Administration, but support liberalizing trade with Cuba. Johnson and the NFU are strong …

Agri-Pulse, NFU

AFBF and NFU Policy Panel at #Classic15

Cindy Zimmerman

John Deere sponsored an ag policy panel at the 2015 Commodity Classic, moderated by our friend Sara Wyant with Agri-Pulse, and featuring the policy specialists from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU). With trade being a top issue on Capitol Hill right now, NFU’s Chandler Goule and AFBF’s Mary Kay Thatcher voiced their respective organizations’ …

AFBF, Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, John Deere, NFU

Coalition Tells Congress to Reject Farm Bill Cuts

John Davis

A coalition of nearly 400 organizations, including the National Farmers Union (NFU), is calling for Congress to reject efforts to make additional cuts to the 2014 Farm Bill. The NFU and the coalition of groups, representing family farmers and ranchers, agribusiness, food banks, environmental and faith-based organizations, sent a letter to U.S. Senate and House leaders asking them to stop …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Farm Bill, NFU, politics

NFU Accepting Applications for Beginning Farmers Institute

John Davis

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is now accepting applications for its 2015 Beginning Farmers Institute (BFI). This news release from the group says the program is open to individuals who are new to farming, in the process of transferring an operation from a relative or non-relative to themselves, or contemplating a career in farming or ranching. “The Beginning Farmers Institute …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, NFU

Ag Reacts to SOTU

Cindy Zimmerman

A freshman Senator from Red Oak, Iowa brought the Republican response to the president’s State of the Union address last night home to the farm. “As a young girl, I plowed the fields of our family farm,” said Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) during her moment to represent the new Republican majority in the Senate. “We were raised to live simply, …

AFBF, ASA, Government, NCGA, NFU

NFU Disagrees with RFS Report Recommendations

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Farmers Union (NFU) represented agriculture on a Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) advisory group that helped develop a new report on “Options for Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard.” “It was very important that agriculture that supports the renewable fuels industry be present at the table,” said NFU vice president of programs Chandler Goule, who notes that while the meetings …

Ag Group, Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, NFU

Agriculture May Benefit From Cuba Relations

Cindy Zimmerman

The White House announcement Wednesday that the United States will begin the process of normalizing relations with Cuba brought positive responses from the agriculture industry. “Throughout history, agriculture has served as a bridge to foster cooperation, understanding and the exchange of ideas among people,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a statement. “I have no doubt that agriculture will continue …

AFBF, Ag Group, ASA, NFU, Rice, Soybean, Trade, USDA

COOL is a Big Issue for NFU

Cindy Zimmerman

I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with National Farmers Union Senior Vice President of Programs Chandler Goule last week at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention. We discussed a variety of policy issues where NFU is actively involved on the federal level, and one big one is Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Goule says strongly supports …

Ag Group, Audio, NAFB, NFU

Farmers Union President Discusses Sustainability in Ghana

John Davis

National Farmers Union (NFU) officials made a stop in Africa to talk about how cooperatives can promote sustainability. This news release from the group says NFU President Roger Johnson talked about the development of cooperatives at the National Food and Agric Show (FAGRO) in Ghana. “I am excited to be able to discuss and promote cooperatives as a means for …

Cooperatives, International, NFU, Sustainability

Election Aftermath Thoughts

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) may well speak for all of America with its statement following Election Day 2014 – Time to Get to Work! “Washington may look different come January, but fundamentally, things have not really changed,” said NCGA president Chip Bowling of Maryland. “There is no sign that the gridlock of the past few years will diminish. …

AFBF, Government, NCGA, NFU, politics