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Access to Markets: FSMA Exclusions

2017-08-18 17:18:35| National Farmers Union

By Barbara Patterson, NFU Director of Government Relations, and Roger Noon, New England Farmers Union President A few weeks ago, we shared the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Needs Assessment Survey here on the Beginning Farmer Forum (BFF). This week, BFF will cover another FSMA-related topic: what is excluded or exempt from the Produce Safety […]

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NFU Urges Smooth, Transparent Transition to a Fair Trade Framework

2017-08-16 19:02:51| National Farmers Union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON Trade representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico will meet here today to begin an official renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The renegotiation provides the Trump Administration with an opportunity to fulfill one of the presidents top campaign […]

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Access to Capital: FSA Loan Servicing

2017-08-16 16:51:27| National Farmers Union

By Tom Driscoll, Director of NFU Foundation and Conservation Policy  In Fiscal Year 2016, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) issued 29,602 direct loans to farmers and ranchers totaling $2.39 billion. Of those, almost 17,800 were allocated to beginning producers. The proportion of loans to beginning producers is high because in many cases, FSA is the […]

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What Do Farmers Need to Know About Climate Change? Managing Pest Pressures

2017-08-14 20:17:58| National Farmers Union

By Adam Pauley, NFU Intern For the past several weeks on the Climate Column, we’ve noted that climate change is contributing to rising pest pressures. Frost-sensitive pests are living longer, and rising temperatures are opening new areas to infestation. Farmers are responding to this growing problem by adjusting their pest management strategies. However, some common ways […]

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USDA Must Continue to Proactively Address Climate Change

2017-08-10 21:02:27| National Farmers Union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON As family farmers and ranchers navigate warmer temperatures and increased weather variability as a result of climate change, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will play a vital role in helping producers adapt to and mitigate the adverse impacts of climate volatility. […]

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