National Farmers Union: Know your rights
29 Jul, 2020
NFU advocates for increased co-operative rights, fair market access for farmers, direct election of senators and voting rights for women. NFUworks to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, fishers, ranchers and rural communities through the advocacy of policy positions developed by the grassroots membership and adopted as official policy at our national convention.
The triangle represents Farmers Union’s core values and principles. The base of the triangle represents education. Education of members is considered the foundation of Farmers Union’s success in all areas of the organization. The sides of the triangle represent cooperation and legislation. The cooperation side of the triangle represents members working together to achieve common goals. The legislation side of the triangle represents Farmers Union’s lobbying efforts in the legislative arena.
The mission of the organisation is to advocate for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life for farmers and all their communities through education, cooperation and legislation.
A world in which farm families and their communities are respected, valued, and enjoy economic prosperity and social justice.
General Program Provisions
1.Measures of Economic Equity
The national farm policy based on “parity” was intended to create tools that would balance this inequity of agricultural income compared to the average income in other segments of society.
2.Directing Benefit Protection to Farms
The primary objectives of national agricultural policy is to enable farmers to significantly increase net farm income, improve the quality of rural life, and increase the number of family farmers, so farmers may continue to provide a reliable supply of food and fiber and serve as stewards of our nation’s resources.
3.Providing a Safety Net
NFU urges Congress to give the secretary of agriculture the authority to implement commodity loan programs with loan rates set at a level that at least equals the regional cost of production as measured by the Economic Research Service.
4.Farm Viability Programs for Farms
Congress will continue to support and develop annual grants and programs for the purpose of improving the profitability of farms and increasing self-employment opportunities for family farmers and ranchers. They support revitalizing local and regional food and energy systems, increasing wealth and asset-building in rural communities and encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation in farming and ranching by funding federal, state, local, and farm-level programs.
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