NFU asks for water map from EPA

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

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 »

Teske elected NFU Vice President

Delegates to the 112th National Farmers Union Convention re-elected Roger Johnson of North Dakota President of the organization and on the second ballot elected Donn Teske of Kansas as the new NFU Vice President. Teske has served as President of the Kansas Farmers Union for the past 14 years and has served in various leadership… Read more »

Indiana Farmers Union’s membership gain

During his State of the Farmers Union address NFU President Roger Johnson recognized the Indiana Farmers Union for their phenomenal growth in membership, growing from 500 members to 1,000. Indiana Farmers Union President Jim Benham of Ripley County says that growth is a result of a partnership with Hastings Mutual Insurance. “We’ve worked very hard… Read more »

National Farmers Union Convention underway

In his State of the Farmers Union address to kick off the 112th National Farmers Union Convention in Santa Fe, New Mexico, President Roger Johnson said it will be at this meeting during the policy session where members decide what the organization stands for. “It is that policy from the members, from the grassroots that… Read more »

Farm Bill isn’t just the next five years

During testimony in today’s Senate Farm Bill hearing, Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow says as the committee is crafting the upcoming farm bill it is important to look beyond the five years encompassed in the 2012 Farm Bill.  National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson says investing in beginning farmers and ranchers is vital to the continued success… Read more »

Give House and Senate leadership credit

Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) says it is time for agriculture to give House and Senate agriculture committee leader’s credit. “They are the only ones that have taken the legal charge that happened with the Super Committee process legislation seriously,” Johnson said. “What that law contemplated was that all the committees… Read more »

Ag Committee leaders deserve some credit

The President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) says House and Senate Ag Committee leaders deserve some credit as they work with the Super Committee in developing the 2012 Farm Bill. In a conversation with Brownfield’s Dave Russell at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City, Roger Johnson talked about the importance of… Read more »

Reaction to USDA’s GIPSA move is mixed

Ag groups are reacting to the USDA’s latest step on the GIPSA rule. In general, supporters of the rule aren’t happy and those who wanted to kill the rule remain wary. USDA on Friday submitted modified sections of the proposed livestock marketing rule to the Office of Management and Budget.  But the agency also threw… Read more »