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New:  Farm Groups Urge President Trump to Implement Farmer Fair Practices Rules

NFU joined a coalition of 82 farm, rural and consumers groups in sending a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to implement the Farmer Fair Practices Rules via executive order. The rules would provide the most basic of protections to American family farmers and ranchers who are enduring unfair and abusive practices as a result of extremely consolidated agricultural marketplaces. Continue reading…

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Make plans to attend the KFU Convention,
December 1-2, 2017 at the Best Western, Emporia.
Special guests for the two-day event are
Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker, Erika Nelson,
Kurt and Andi Dale, and Jason Schmidt.

This year’s theme of Bridges appears many times
as we discuss ways to make connections: finding the
perfect fit, bridging the gap between generations,
connecting rural to urban, and farmers to consumers.
Other topics include: food safety, the new Farm Bill,
and reflections on the 1980s farm crisis and
similarities with the current ag economy.

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Early bird discount is effect until Nov. 20th.

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The Farmer’s Share: Thanksgiving Edition

Farmers and ranchers take home just 11.4 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail food price of traditional holiday dinner items to the amount the farmer receives for each item they grow or raise.

“This holiday season, it’s important for us to take time to recognize and thank the family farmers and ranchers who provide our Thanksgiving meals,” said Rob Larew, NFU’s Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Communications. “If you don’t live on a farm or work in agriculture, you probably don’t realize the tremendous difference between the price you pay for food at the grocery store and the prices farmers end up receiving for these products. While consumer holiday food costs have declined recently, incomes for American farm and ranch families have dropped precipitously. We’re in the midst of the worst farm economic downturn in 30-40 years, and we’re hopeful these numbers can help illustrate that fact to the general public.”

On average, farmers receive 17.4 cents of every food dollar consumers spend, while more than 80 percent of food costs cover marketing, processing, wholesaling, distribution and retailing. For the 15 items NFU tracks for the Thanksgiving version, farmers received just 11.4 cents of the retail food dollar.

Turkey growers, who raise the staple Thanksgiving dish, receive just 5 cents per pound retailing at $1.69. Wheat farmers averaged a meager 6 cents on 12 dinner rolls that retail for $3.49. And dairy producers received only $1.47 from a $4.49 gallon of fat free milk.

Thanksgiving presents an opportunity to raise awareness about food production, including misconceptions about food costs, Larew explained. “Farmers and ranchers play the most valuable role in actually producing the food that is served at holiday dinners, yet they make just pennies on the dollar for their products.” Continue Reading…

The Farmer's Share Thanksgiving Edition

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