Reaction to President Trump’s SOTU

cindy zimmerman

President Donald Trump made no direct mention of agriculture in his first State of the Union address, but he did address important issues for agriculture and rural America including infrastructure and immigration, trade and taxes. Trump called on Congress to “produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure investment that our country so desperately needs,” …

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Farmers Union Survey Stresses WI Dairy Opposition to TPP

Jamie Johansen

In a survey of more than 1,000 dairy producers, conducted by Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU), nearly 80 percent of respondents agreed TPP should be rejected until milk import concerns are resolved in the agreement. “This survey underscores what we have been consistently hearing from producers all across the country. TPP is a bad deal for America’s family farmers and ranchers. …

Ag Group, Dairy, NFU, Trade

NFU Thanks Lawmaker Support for Direct Dairy Assistance

Jamie Johansen

National Farmers Union (NFU) praise several lawmakers for their support of critically needed assistance for the nation’s dairy sector. Two letters, championed by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), were sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership, respectively, requesting direct financial aid to farmers and broader authority for …

Ag Group, Dairy, Markets, Milk, NFU

Groups Respond to USDA’s GIPSA Rules

Jamie Johansen

Many livestock organizations have concerns with the regulations on the buying and selling of livestock and poultry after the USDA sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review three rules – the “Farmer Fair Practices Rules” – that would “help balance the relationships between livestock producers, swine production contract growers, and poultry growers and the …

Ag Group, Livestock, Meat, NCBA, NFU, NPPC

NFU Celebrates National Dairy Month

Jamie Johansen

As consumers indulge in their favorite dairy products this month, National Farmers Union (NFU) is taking a step back to the farm gate to recognize the hardworking family farmers who are involved in dairy production across the U.S. “National Dairy Month provides a great platform to educate consumers about U.S. dairy production and promote industry initiatives – such as the …

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Senate Ag Committee Holds Livestock & Poultry Hearing

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, held a hearing on the U.S. livestock and poultry sectors, titled “A Review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors: Marketplace‎ Opportunities and Challenges.” It has been five years since a hearing like this has taken place. Farmers and ranchers across the country took part …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Chicken, Export, Government, Markets, NCBA, NFU, NPPC, politics, Pork, Poultry

NFU Supports Legislation to Ban Packer Ownership

Jamie Johansen

National Farmers Union (NFU) released the following statement commending U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for reintroducing legislation to ban packer ownership of livestock: “The livestock market today is heavily concentrated among a handful of conglomerates, and our family farmers and ranchers are forced to compete in an increasingly uneven playing field in the marketplace. I applaud Senator Grassley for championing …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, NFU, Policy

NFU Hosts Presser On TPP Opposition

Lizzy Schultz

While many United States trade officials are promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as an export-boon for agriculture, the National Farmers Union (NFU) continues to stand strong in their opposition of the free trade agreement. NFU, representing nearly 200,000 family farmers and ranchers, hosted a media teleconference this morning to talk about the TPP and announce a letter signed by 160 …

Ag Group, Audio, Export, Export, Imports, International, NFU, Trade

NFU Appalled by Latest GIPSA Stall Attack

Jamie Johansen

The National Farmers Union (NFU) doesn’t understand the House Appropriations Committee’s passage of amendment designed to further stall the Grain Inspection and Stockyards Protection Administration (GIPSA) rule after Congress let the USDA implement a provision included in the 2008 Farm Bill to provide needed marketplace protections to contract farmers. “The idea that the House Appropriations Committee would ignore the progress …

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Coalition Urges FSIS to Adopt Grassfed Label Standard

Lizzy Schultz

A coalition of nine agricultural and consumer organizations sent the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) a letter this week that urges the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to reinstate a meaningful grassfed label for meat. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) had overseen a voluntary label program for grassfed livestock products since 2007, but that standard was withdrawn in January. …

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