Vilsack identifies issues for successor

USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says his successors will need to be prepared for significant changes in land ownership. “If you look at the age of the farm owners and land owners in this country, you know that there’s going to be a significant generational change.  Are we prepared for it?  Do we know the… Read more »

TPP not place to resolve currency manipulation

The National Farmers Union opposes the Trans Pacific Partnership citing currency manipulation as a primary reason, but as Brownfield’s Mark Dorenkamp reports from the NFU Convention in Minneapolis, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says a trade agreement isn’t a good place to resolve that issue.          

National Farmers Union supports mandatory GMO labeling

The National Farmers Union supports mandatory GMO labeling. Vice President Chandler Goule says NFU has a simple policy on the issue. “We support (mandatory) GMO labeling, but we do not say how it needs to be labeled, where it needs to be labeled or what (needs to be labeled).  It just needs to be information… Read more »

NFU questions Canada in WTO final numbers

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The National Farmers Union says the World Trade Organization’s decision on how much Mexico and Canada can impose on U.S. products because of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) reveals a lot about motives. “When you look at the number Canada was saying that they had $3-Billion (in losses) and it comes back a third of… Read more »

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 »