NFU cautiously optimistic on fate of crop insurance *UPDATED*

The National Farmers Union says even though House Ag Committee leaders have been assured that crop insurance is safe from proposed budget cuts, the battle is far from over.  The problem, says NFU’s Chandler Goule, is that the Senate was not consulted to see if it would go along with the plan. “Though we have… Read more »

NFU says without PTC extension economic harm inevitable

The National Farmers Union (NFU) says without passage of the Positive Train Control (PTC) extension, a key economic engine will come to a halt when grain and other products can no longer be shipped by rail. “And that’s going to really take a significant chunk and blow to our economy,” said NFU’s Vice President of… Read more »

NFU and NCGA issue White Paper stating EPA harm to agriculture

The National Farmers Union and National Corn Growers Association have released a document that they say shows the harm caused by EPA’s handling of the Renewable Fuels Standard.  NFU president Roger Johnson said during a conference call with reporters this morning the White Paper outlines how uncertainty around the RFS has come with great cost. “Several ethanol… Read more »

Long-term tax certainty for farmers could be on the way

More tax certainty for farmers could be on the way. The House Ways and Means Committee this week marked up a bill that would make bonus depreciation permanent. National Farmers Union Vice President Chandler Goule says Congress has been taking a band-aid approach to tax extenders and it’s time for a long-term plan. “These six… Read more »

National Farmers Union calling for CRP enhancements

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on USDA to enhance the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). NFU Vice President Chandler Goule… “We want farmers to be able to enroll that entire field, but as long as 75 percent of the field is actually qualified for CRP.  We also want farmers to be able to transfer… Read more »

National Farmers Union asks USDA to use and expand mediation program

The National Farmers Union is asking USDA to use and expand a program designed to help financially distressed farmers. President Roger Johnson says the Certified Agricultural Mediation program was created in the late 1980’s. “It provides for the availability of third-party disinterested farm financial experts who sit down with farmers and lenders and try to… Read more »

NFU instructs EPA about ‘uplands’

The National Farmers Union is one of many ag groups that weighed in on the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. proposal. In discussions with the EPA, Chandler Goule, NFU’s vice president of programs, says he told them that the term “upland” has no meaning on his Texas farm where his family had installed an in-ground… Read more »

NFU asks for water map from EPA

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National Farmers Union leaders have asked the EPA for a map with estimates of which bodies of water will be considered jurisdictional under the agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule in the Clean Water Act. NFU President Roger Johnson and members of NFU’s board of directors held a conference call last week with EPA Administrator… Read more »

Mixed reaction to EPA’s CWA rule

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So far, a mixed reaction from the ag community to the EPA’s proposed Clean Water Act rule. The National Farmers Union (NFU) calls it an “ag-friendly announcement”.  NFU says the rule maintains agricultural exemptions, adds new exemptions and encourages enrollment in USDA conservation programs.   Best of all, NFU says, the EPA rule will provide certainty… Read more »

NFU members briefed on Farm Bill details

A panel discussion during the National Farmers Union Convention in Santa Fe shed a little more light on the new Farm Bill. Joe Shultz, Chief Economist for the Senate Ag Committee, Bart Fischer, Chief Economist for the House Ag Committee and Alexis Taylor at USDA had the dubious task of explaining the commodity title, crop… Read more »