The National Farmers Union’s 117th Anniversary Convention concluded Tuesday in Bellevue, WA.  More than 460 family farmers and ranchers convened in western Washington to determine policy positions for the upcoming year.  Following the convention, President Roger Johnson said this week’s event demonstrates how NFU’s strength comes from the grassroots level.


“Farmers Union members put their heart and soul into making our country and the world a better place for farm families. So our convention is our most important event…We look forward to a successful 2019 in advocating in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the hard-working family farmers and ranchers who feed, fuel and clothe our nation.”


Johnson noted the United States wants to have a safe, reliable, and transparent food system, thriving rural communities, and a healthy environment.


“And all of these are dependent upon family farm agriculture. So while economic issues abound and much of our current farm policy fails to put American family farmers and ranchers on an even playing field with corporations and foreign competitors, there are opportunities ahead for farm families.”


Delegates to the convention adopted eight special orders of business that will guide government affairs priorities over the course of the next year.


– Family Farming and Biofuels
– Family Farming and Climate Change
– Family Farming and Dairy
– Family Farming and Farm Labor
– Family Farming and the Farm Safety Net
– Family Farming and Market Concentration
– Family Farming and Trade
– Family Farming and Truth in Labeling



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