NFU Members Gather in New England for Annual Meeting

The 111th Anniversary Convention of National Farmers Union started this weekend in Massachusetts. This year's theme is Making Waves in Agriculture. Nearly 500 members were on hand to gather and exchange ideas, share struggles and network. NFU President Roger Johnson says Farmers Union members and all U.S. farmers and ranchers need to make waves in agriculture by taking an active role in encouraging Congress to do its job and pass a five-year farm bill. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan was the keynote speaker Sunday morning. She said Congress tapped the brakes of the momentum that has been building in rural America by failing to pass a five-year farm bill. She said we need a bill and need it now. Johnson said it was encouraging to hear that USDA continues to promote the importance of Congress passing a five-year farm bill as soon as possible.

Convention participants also toured New England farms, attended educational sessions and will conclude with the consideration and adoption of the organization's policy. During his State of the Farmers Union address - Johnson said the policy the members develop will instruct the NFU staff for the next year. He also outlined priorities for the organization and encouraged NFU's members to be engaged. He highlighted issues from Country-of-Origin Labeling to conservation and the farm bill. He said it will be a big challenge getting a five-year farm bill passed this year - but said it is critical to provide certainty to the nation's farmers and ranchers.

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