03-12-20 RMFU Members Attend National Farmers Union Convention

RMFU Members Attend National Farmers Union Convention

The National Farmers Union 118th Anniversary Convention was held earlier this month at which members debated and adopted the organization’s policy book and special orders of business. More than 500 family farmers and ranchers convened in Savannah, Georgia, to set policy positions and priorities that support American farm and ranch families and strengthen rural communities.

Delegates to the convention adopted the NFU Policy Book and six special orders of business (see links below) that will guide the organization’s government affairs priorities over the course of the next year, especially as they relate to the tough economic circumstances and sustainability issues facing family farmers. Before the policy review began, they elected Rob Larew to succeed Roger Johnson as the organization’s president and reelected Patty Edelburg of Scandinavia, Wisconsin, to serve as NFU Vice President.

Convention attendees heard keynote remarks from Matt Paul, a nationally recognized expert in public affairs, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. NFU President Roger Johnson delivered his final State of the Farmers Union address, offering an overview of his 11-year-long tenure and an optimistic outlook for the organization’s future. Additionally, the convention featured breakout sessions on precision agriculture, the history of grassroots organizing, regenerative farming, farm to table, and hemp production.

In order to provide the national organization a set of priorities for the coming year, 199 Farmers Union delegates approved the following six special orders of business:

– Family Farming and 2020: A Most Challenging Year

– Family Farming and the 2020 Election

– Family Farming and Cooperatives

– Family Farming and Climate Change

– Family Farming and Dairy Policy Reform

– Family Farming and Truth in Labeling and Promotion of Meat Products