Flood Assistance Resources

March 21, 2019Uncategorized

Nebraska Farm Rescue is offering hay hauling assistance to ranchers. Nebraska Department of Agriculture has compiled a list of state and federal resources available to farmers. Nebraska Farm Bureau has established a disaster relief fund for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Nebraska Farm Service Agency provides links to state and county resources. Nebraska Emergency Management Agency has more information about flood preparedness … Read More

Net Farm Income to Drop 13 Percent in 2018, USDA Projects

August 30, 2018Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2018 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) today projected net farm income to be $65.7 billion in 2018, a $9.8 billion, 13 percent decrease from 2017. National Farmers Union (NFU), an advocacy organization for American family farmers and ranchers, … Read More

Confronting the Farm Crisis

May 9, 2017Crisis

American farmers and ranchers have faced a 50 percent decline in net farm income since 2013. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) projects that net farm income will fall to $62.3 billion, in the fourth consecutive year of decline. Median farm income is projected to be negative $1,400. Farm asset values are beginning … Read More

Additional FSA Loan Funding a Critical Lifeline to Struggling Farmers, NFU Says

September 2, 2016Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 2, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON (September 2, 2016) – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced today additional funding to assist more than 1,900 approved applicants awaiting FSA direct operating loans. In response to the announcement, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger … Read More

Congress Must Act to Combat the Deteriorating Farm Economy

August 17, 2016Blog

By Zack Clark, government relations representative, National Farmers Union Last week, two major reports were released that further cemented what we already know – oversupply in the marketplace is driving commodity prices further and further downward, and after three years of declining prices, real estate values and credit conditions are beginning to deteriorate. The glut … Read More

Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Extreme Precipitation

August 15, 2016Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education For farmers, rain is generally a good thing. Crops don’t grow without water, and other NFU Climate Column posts discuss the problems farmers do and will encounter getting enough rain and water as climate change progresses. But farmers also know that too much rain all at … Read More

The Farmers Market Miracle on Main Street

August 9, 2016Blog

By Kriss Marion, Circle M Market Farm, Wisconsin Even though I’m one of those first-generation “niche” farmers, I always vowed I’d never do a farmers’ market. I got into farming because I like playing in the dirt and listening to frogs and crickets while I work. My dream revolved around shepherding animals, growing plants, shaping … Read More

NFU Letter to Secretary Vilsack Urges USDA to Provide Immediate Support for Dairy Farmers

August 8, 2016Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 8, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 [email protected] WASHINGTON (August 8, 2016) –Today, National Farmers Union (NFU) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, requesting much needed relief for U.S. dairy farmers. The letter echoes a request made to USDA late last month by more than 60 Congressional … Read More

Climate Column: Why Do Farmers Care About Climate Change? Drought

August 8, 2016Climate Column

By Tom Driscoll, NFU Director of Conservation Policy and Education Crops won’t grow without rain, and livestock producers remember the enormous problems experienced with the severe drought in 2012. Drought is frightening for farmers and expensive for consumers. USDA’s Southern Plains Assessment of Vulnerability and Preliminary Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Farmers, Ranchers and Forest Land … Read More