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America’s Farm Organizations Must Step Forward to Meet Demographic Challenges

GUEST BLOG POST By Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union Oftentimes, it’s not until life presents us with new obstacles that we reassess the situation, discover untapped resources, unused talent or new approaches that could be harnessed to meet the challenge. The lack of abundant rainfall for farming certain crops, for example, has led to…  Read more

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Beginning Farmers, Farm Demographics, Farm Transfer Issues, Farmer Leaders, National Farmers Union

Northeast Regional Climate Hub Vulnerability Assessment Published

GUEST BLOG POST By David Hollinger, Northeast Hub Lead; Howard Skinner, Northeast Hub Co-Lead; Christopher Swanston, Northern Forests Sub Hub Lead The Northeast Regional Climate Hub covers Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The Northern Forests Climate Sub Hub shares this footprint…  Read more

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Climate Change, Risk Management

Farmers Union Applauds House’s Inability to Pass Fast Track

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson applauded today’s House vote that effectively kills – at least for now – Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast track authority. TPA would grant the administration the ability to secretly negotiate trade deals and only permit an up or down vote by Congress, with zero amendments….  Read more

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National Farmers Union, Trade

COOL Supporters Mount Last-Ditch Effort to Sidetrack Repeal

GUEST BLOG POST By Spencer Chase at Agri-Pulse. Reprinted by permission. As the House of Representatives readies a vote to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL), supporters of the controversial rule are making a last-ditch effort to save it from full repeal. Today, a coalition of 283 agricultural, environment, consumer, and faith-based organizations sent a letter…  Read more

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Country of Origin Labeling, Meat and Poultry, National Farmers Union, Trade

Two USDA Grant Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced that approximately $11.9 million in organic certification assistance is available through state departments of agriculture to make organic certification more affordable for organic producers and handlers across the country. The funding is provided on a cost share basis and certification assistance is distributed by…  Read more

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Funding Opportunities, Organic Producers, Socially Disadvantaged Farmers, USDA
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