Pathway Now Open for Canola as Advanced Biofuels

The EPA announced its regulatory agenda for this year, which includes designating renewable diesel fuels derived from canola oil as “advanced biofuels” under the RFS. “The NFU has long advocated for increased use of biofuels due to their tremendous benefits for the environment while providing much-needed market alternatives and economic stability to America’s farming and […]

National Farmers Union Announces 2022 Women’s Conference

National Farmers Union announced last week the 2022 Women’s Conference, an effort to connect women in agriculture and provide education on business skills and innovative marketing tactics. NFU Education Director Emma Lindberg said, “This conference will not only prepare attendees for success in agriculture, but it will also provide them with their own network of […]

Ag Groups Praise Infrastructure Legislation Passage

Weekend passage in the House of Representatives of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act led to a slew of farm groups praising the action. The House passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, which includes $550 billion in new spending. According to the National Farmers Union, the historic bipartisan infrastructure bill addresses the critical infrastructure […]

Farmer-led RIPE Expands Steering Committee With Two New Members

Rural Investment to Protect our Environment, known as RIPE, recently added two highly respected Farmers Unions to its steering committee. The organization announced last week that Minnesota Farmers Union’s Eunice Biel and North Dakota Farmers Union’s Matt Perdue joined the committee. RIPE is described as a farmer-led nonprofit advancing a national bipartisan, comprehensive climate policy […]

NFU Announces Campaign to Fight Monopolies in Agriculture

Last week, National Farmers Union announced the Fairness for Farmers campaign. The effort seeks to rally Americans to urge lawmakers and the Biden administration to take concrete steps to curtail consolidation in agriculture, which NFU said negatively impacts farmers, ranchers and consumers. NFU President Rob Larew said, “We launched Fairness for Farmers because we have […]

NFU Praises FTC Decision on Right to Repair

The National Farmers Union praised the Federal Trade Commission’s 5-0 vote to adopt a policy statement to ramp up law enforcement against repair restrictions on equipment. Those restrictions prevent small businesses, workers, consumers, and government entities from fixing their products. “Farmers are among the most affected by such restrictions; currently, farm equipment manufacturers refuse to […]

NCBA, NFU Welcome USDA Product of USA Action

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and National Farmers Union support the top to bottom review of the Product of the USA label. The review, announced last week by the USDA, follows a vote to strengthen the regulation by the Federal Trade Commission. NCBA President Jerry Bohn says, “NCBA members have voiced concerns about the potentially […]

NFU: USDA Must Prioritize Climate Change Across All Programs

Agriculture is uniquely positioned to mitigate climate change, but for farmers to realize that potential, they need additional support from the USDA, that according to the National Farmers Union. The NFU recently submitted comments, asking the Department of Ag to better encourage the development, adoption and equitable delivery of climate smart practices. NFU President Rob […]

Farmers Union Foundation Donates Meals to Troops in D.C.

Farmers Union Enterprises recently donated $50,000 to provide roughly 5,000 meals to National Guard troops on duty in the nation’s capital. The funds went to D.C.-based restaurants Farmers Fishers Bakers and Founding Farmers, both of which are part of Farmers Restaurant Group. FUE is made up of several Farmers Union-owned businesses in the Upper Midwest, […]

Senate Ag Discusses Climate Change

The Senate Agriculture Committee held its first hearing on climate change late last week. Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, says sustainable practices farmers are using now help cut down their emissions. Stabenow said, “now it’s time to dramatically scale up this work.” Oklahoma Farmer Clay Pope, representing National Farmers Union, detailed how the […]