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 »

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

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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

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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 »