Action Alerts 2017-05-01T12:59:39+00:00

NFU Calls on FTC to Oppose ChemChina Acquisition of Syngenta

NFU Calls on FTC to Oppose ChemChina Acquisition of Syngenta

Continuing a long tradition of advocating for competitive marketplaces for family farmers and ranchers, National Farmers Union (NFU) today urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to oppose the proposed China National Chemical Corp’s (ChemChina) acquisition of Syngenta AG.

In public comments to FTC Secretary Donald S. Clark, NFU President Roger Johnson asserted that the deal further consolidates the highly globalized agricultural inputs sector. This decreases competition amongst the few companies that dominate the marketplace, limiting choice and raising prices for family farmers.

“ChemChina’s proposed takeover of Syngenta would disrupt trade flows and accelerate the international consolidation of food and agribusiness industries,” said Johnson. “We urge you to stand up for family farmers and ranchers and oppose the merger.”

Continue reading on the NFU website…

Taking Action

National Farmers Union encourages all state organizations and members to submit their own comments on the merger, using the verbiage from the NFU letter and talking points as they see fit.

All comments must be submitted to the Federal Trade Commission by next Thursday, May 4.

To assist in developing your own comment submission, download the following below:

  • NFU’s comments to the Federal Trade Commission on the pending approval of ChemChina’s purchase of Syngenta
  • ChemChina-Syngenta overview and talking points
  • Federal Register Notice inviting comments on the merger

NFU’s comments to the FTC

NFU’s comments to the Federal Trade Commission on the pending approval of ChemChina’s purchase of Syngenta

Merger Overview & Talking Points

ChemChina’s purchase of Syngenta one-pager with an overview and talking points

Instructions for Submitting Comments

Federal Register Notice inviting comments on the ChemChina-Syngenta merger.

PAST ACTION ALERTS

Calling to Keep COOL

Keep COOL Call-in Day on May 6

National Farmers Union, in partnership with a coalition of other groups, has organized a White House call in day. We’d like to flood the White House with as many calls as possible.

Please call President Obama at 888-793-4597 on Wednesday, May 6.

  1. Call the White House at 888-793-4597
  2. When you are connected, tell the person who answers:
  • “Hi, my name is _______ and I’m from ______.
  • I urge President Obama to stand up for my right to know where my food comes from by protecting country of origin labels.”

That’s it! The whole process should take no more than 60 seconds.

The White House tracks every call they get on an issue, so volume of calls matters.

To learn more about Country-of-Origin-Labeling, please visit National Farmers Union.

SB 263: Eliminating Sales Tax on Fruit and Vegetables

SB263 Eliminating the sales tax on fruit and vegetables.

Kansas Farmers Union supports Senate Bill 263, which would eliminate sales tax on fruits and vegetables in Kansas.

Last week the Legislature returned and the Senate Tax committee met to decide which bills would be considered as a part of the tax package. Senate Bill 263 is on the list alongside roughly 16 other bills.

You can make sure your voice is heard at the Statehouse today by calling or emailing your elected representatives right now.

Please take just a moment to pick up the phone or send off that email that lets the folks in the capitol know you support Senate Bill 263 and the elimination of sales tax on fruit and vegetables.

Here are a few talking points for your convenience:

  • Currently, Kansas has the nation’s second highest sales tax on food, trailing only Mississippi. In some Kansas communities, the combination of state and local sales taxes can add as much as 10 percent to grocery bills.
  • Kansas is one of only 14 states that charges sales tax on food for home consumption. Most other states exempt food or apply a much lower sales tax rate. Food is not a luxury item and increasing the state sales tax rate will only cause a heavier burden on low-income Kansas families and children.
  • Constituents across the state support the bill. A poll paid for by the Kansas Health Foundation and administered by the Docking Institute at Fort Hays State University last summer showed that at 86.4% of Kansans support eliminating the sales tax on fruits and vegetables.
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CALLING ALL FARMERS

We’re just like you. We’re farmers, ranchers, parents, retirees, students…you name it. But the one thing we all have in common is our dedication to the preservation of family farming and strong communities. And the more voices we have, the bigger impact we can all make. Together.

You can make sure your voice is heard at the Statehouse today by calling or emailing your elected representatives right now.

Please take just a moment to pick up the phone or send off that email that lets the folks in the capitol know exactly how you feel on the priority topics below.

Protect Kansas family farms from unfair taxation

SB178 would unfairly tax agricultural land at astronomical levels that would drive family farmers and ranchers out of business.

SB264 would remove sales tax exemption on agriculture equipment.
Please stop this attack on rural Kansas!

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Fully fund Kansas public schools

The life-blood of many rural Kansas communities is the public school. When a school closes, a community loses its identity, affecting businesses, jobs, and so much more.

Please do what is right to ensure every student, from Bird City to Lenexa, has a well-funded, quality public education!

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Protect Kansas family farms by preserving the county option

For 80+ years, corporate farming laws have protected family farms and ranches from the threats of unfair competition by corporate and foreign interests.

The county option should be preserved in Kansas’ corporate farming laws.

Rosanna Bauman, Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition steering committee member, explores one of GreenFin Garden's high tunnels used to raise bananas, figs and blue tilapia just west of Wamego. Kansas Farmers Union members toured the farm during the recent 2014 KFU Convention.

Expand opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers

Developing options for new farmers entering agriculture or current farmers expanding into value-added enterprises keeps Kansas agriculture strong and growing. Farm transition options, diversified farm opportunities, and local/regional food systems are key to Kansas’ growth in the agriculture industry.

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Learn More About What We Stand For

Kansas Farmers Union has a rich history of working to protect and promote the interests of family farmers and ranchers by taking a leadership role in advocating for farming, ranching and agricultural interests across the state.

To be effective on our members’ behalf, it is essential that our members be involved in the organization, become knowledgeable on the issues that impact their work and lives, and communicate their needs to us.

Through grassroots policy and local involvement, our members and staff play a key role in bringing concerns, issues, and needs to the attention of local, state, and national decision makers. KFU’s state and national policy document is discussed and ratified each year at our state convention.

2015 KFU Policy

Read the 2015 KFU Policy: Special Orders

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Join Us in Topeka for Kansas Family Farms Day

What & Why: It is important for farmers, ranchers, and rural Kansans to advocate on behalf of legislation that benefits family farms and rural communities. It is equally important for those individuals to speak out against legislation that does direct harm to those same family farms and rural communities. RSVP HERE.

When: 9:00 AM Tuesday, March 24th

Who: Representatives from the Kansas Farmers Union, Kansas Rural Center, Kansas Cattlemen’s Association, Salina Diocese Catholic Rural Life, Climate + Energy Project, Kansas National Farmers Organization, Kansas Interfaith Power & Light, Kansas Sierra Club, & Kansas Natural Resources Council will be on hand to discuss legislative issues that directly affect their members, as well as share information about their respective groups at booths in the rotunda.

2015 Kansas Family Farm Day
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