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 ajerome@nfudc.org 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, 2016Crisis

By Zack Clark, NFU Government Relations Representative  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 of commodities highlighted … Read More

NFU President Encourages House Ag Subcommittee to Consider Challenges Facing Family Farmers and Ranchers

April 14, 2016Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2016 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (April 14, 2016) – The lagging farm economy was a top focus today for the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson joined a panel of industry leaders to testify on behalf of … Read More