Calling all produce growers, farmers, and food hubs: how can we help you with food safety? The Local Food Safety Collaborative wants to know. Take their survey at the link below and be entered to win one of twenty $100 gift cards.
Your responses to this survey will help LFSC enhance fundamental food safety knowledge and support local farmers and processors to comply with applicable Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations.
Read the NFU press release (nfu.org/2017/06/20/nfuf-launching-needs-assessment-survey-to-inform-food-safety/) to learn more about the cooperative and the survey.
"If farming is no more than an industry to be unendingly transformed by technologies, then farmers can be replaced by engineers, and engineers finally by robots, in the progress toward our evident goal of human uselessness." - Wendell Berry ...
Farming, because of the uniqueness and fragility of each one of the world’s myriad of small places, has to involve a creaturely affection and care. What does that look like? The remarkable novelist, critic, and poet Wendell Berry has ideas.
Today, the U.S. Department of Justice approved the $142 billion merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont. The deal will create the largest agriculture biotechnology and seed firm in the United States.
Clearly, the Trump administration is content allowing our country’s consolidation complex to continue. This is deeply disappointing, as this system has allowed money and power to be drained from family farmers and rural communities. This has resulted in lost jobs, lowered wages, inflated costs, decreased economic opportunity, depleted resources and services, depopulation, and an inability for those that remain in rural America to decide their economic future.
Read more in the NFU press release, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Farmers and ranchers have been facing difficult economic conditions for several years. Low commodity prices have reduced net farm income by over 50 percent in the past four years, and the outlook for 2017 grain and livestock prices appears to be no better than in 2016. Additionally, metrics associated with farm health, including debt to asset ratios, working capital, and cash flow, are projected to weaken further in 2017 or stay even from last year.
NFU joined a coalition of 21 prominent farm groups to urge Congress to provide a strong safety net for family farmers and ranchers. With the farm economy only expected to worsen, access to credit through USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Farm Loan programs is critical. FSA loans serve as an important lifeline for many distressed producers, and we expect demand for loans to meet or exceed last year's record rate. Inadequately funding FSA would be a disservice to our hardworking farmers and ranchers, who are dedicated to feeding our nation and the world.
Read more in the NFU press release below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
"America now has more female farmers and ranchers than members of Congress, on a percentage basis. Women’s proportion of members of Congress actually went down in 2010—for the first time since the 1970s."
WFAN's Plate to Politics program helps women in food and agriculture run for office. If we really want to change the food system, some of us have to run.
Rural Development (RD) programs may be targeted in rural areas, but they actually help the entire country by protecting natural resources, bolstering small businesses, and reducing barriers to success for hardworking American families.
This week, nearly 600 organizations from myriad sectors and geographies signed on to a letter opposing the proposed "reorganization" of USDA (which would eliminate the RD Mission Area) and President's budget cuts (which would defacto eliminate RD by defunding nearly all its programs). We're urging congressional appropriators to say YES to Rural Development and NO to retreating from helping rural Americans in need.
Water rights are complicated and often overwhelming. NFU member and farmer Harrison Topp knows this all too well, since he is currently in the process of acquiring water rights for his peach farm.
In this Q&A, he explains how prior appropriation works and gives tips on navigating the complex world of water rights.
Check it out on Beginning Farmer Forum and let us know what you think in the comments below! Are you a beginning farmer in a prior appropriation state? How has it affected your operation?
You can also join the NFU Beginning Farmer Forum Facebook group here (bit.ly/NFUbffFB) to join in on the conversation, and find all of the Beginning Farmer Column posts and beginning farmer resources on our website (nfu.org/bff/).
Today, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the historic Paris Agreement, an accord among 192 nations to combat the potentially devastating impacts of climate change.
This decision is shameful, and it fails to recognize the very real and immediate threats of climate change to family farmers, ranchers, and our nation’s food security. By refusing to limit U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and lead the world in this space, President Trump is allowing increasingly unpredictable and destructive weather to wreak havoc on family farm operations, future generations, and food prices and availability for years to come.
Read more in the NFU press release below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.