08-11-16 U.S., Mexican Dairy Industry Leaders Pledge Renewed Cooperation at Conclusion of Successful Dairy Summit…

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U.S., Mexican Dairy Industry Leaders Pledge Renewed Cooperation at Conclusion of Successful Dairy Summit

DENVER, COLO. – Concluding a successful two-day summit here, leaders of U.S. and Mexican dairy industry organizations yesterday pledged to work together to boost trade between the two countries, address mutual challenges and increase dairy consumption while also promoting milk production on both sides of the border. Continue reading

08-09-16 Inside the RMFU with member John Ellis: National Farmers Market Week, Trade, Crop Insurance & more…


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Farmers markets are where RMFU Member John Ellis sells his production(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) August 9, 2016 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN, CO Grower/Producer & RMFU Member John Ellis discusses several topics including:

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

05-31-16 Inside the RMFU with Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

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Inside the RMFU with Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) May 31, 2016 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s NEW Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

Listen to the interview BELOW…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

05-24-16 NMPF Chairman Tells House Agriculture Subcommittee That Dairy Farm Safety Net Needs Work…

 

NMPF Chairman Tells House Agriculture Subcommittee That Dairy Farm Safety Net Needs Work

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ARLINGTON, VA – The challenging economic conditions affecting America’s dairy farmers call for improvements by Congress to the federal safety net program created in the 2014 Farm Bill, according to Randy Mooney, chairman of the National Milk Producers Federation, in testimony Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture. Continue reading

05-19-16 USDEC, NMPF Respond to International Trade Commission’s economic impact analysis of TPP…

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USDEC, NMPF Respond to International Trade Commission’s economic impact analysis of Trans-Pacific Partnership

Joint statement from Tom Suber, president of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, and Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation

ARLINGTON, VA  – “The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a historic pact. If properly implemented and enforced, on balance the agreement will represent a step forward for the U.S. dairy industry based on its improvements to the rules of the road governing trade among the 12 signatories. In addition, although the market access portion of the agreement fell short of the export opportunities our industry sought to secure, our economic analysis concluded that overall the TPP dairy market access provisions will be neutral to slightly positive. Continue reading

05-06-16 RMFU: Equally important, will you encourage anyone from your area to become a happy camper?…

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 Equally important, will you encourage anyone from your area to become a happy camper?

Parents who want their kids to attend an affordable and meaningful summer camp are invited to check out the education programs offered by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. And, no, campers are not going to be driving tractors or wrestling steers.

“There are many places you can send your child for a great camping experience. Our smaller size and breathtaking mountain setting makes RMFU camp a natural choice. We offer a unique environment where kids have the opportunity to be themselves,” says Jennifer Luitjens Bahr, director of education for the RMFU. Continue reading

04-27-16 Dairy Industry Urges Continued U.S. Focus on Defending Common Names Rights

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Dairy Industry Urges Continued U.S. Focus on Defending Common Names Rights

USTR Special 301 Report Touts Administration Efforts to Battle Proliferation of Trade Barriers that Manipulate Geographical Indications

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The dairy industry today welcomed an assessment of the Obama Administration’s fight to ensure that the EU’s geographical indication (GI) initiatives with other countries and regions do not undercut U.S. industries’ market access opportunities. Continue reading

04-14-16 Inside the RMFU with Jennifer Luitjens-Bahr: Summer Camps, Scholarships and More…

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(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) April 14, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s Director of Education Jennifer Luitjens-Bahr, discussing several topics including:

Listen to the interview with RMFU’s Jennifer Luitjens Bahr…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

04-12-16 USDA Announces Improvements in Dairy Margin Protection Program…

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USDA Announces Improvements in Dairy Margin Protection Program

Provisions Made to Enhance Coverage Levels, Allow for Additional Family Members to Use MPP

MPP logoARLINGTON, VA – Several important improvements in the new safety net program for dairy farmers were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, following recommendations made to the agency by the National Milk Producers Federation to enhance the value of the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP).

“We very much appreciate these steps by USDA to implement administrative changes that will improve the program’s usefulness to dairy farmers,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF.  “USDA is constrained in what it can do to strengthen MPP, but the program must continue to evolve based on the experiences of NMPF’s members and others in the dairy industry.” Continue reading

04-11-16 Dairy Organizations Seek Congressional Support for Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Milk Producers Federation, U.S. Dairy Export Council and the International Dairy Foods Association asked members of Congress in a letter today to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement while also addressing a number of critical implementation and enforcement issues that are key determinants in how the agreement is likely to work in practice. As part of this, the dairy associations urged the federal government to ensure that the other participating countries adhere to their respective commitments within the pact.

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03-16-16 NMPF Statement on Senate Vote on GMO Legislation…

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NMPF Statement on Senate Vote on GMO Legislation

From Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer, NMPF

ARLINGTON, VA – “Today’s vote is a disappointment, but not a defeat for those of us seeking a strong, clear, national and rational standard for food labeling. 

“Despite today’s vote, we believe a bi-partisan federal policy is within reach, based on discussions with Senate offices in the last few days. We are committed to working to bridge differences and get a compromise agreement through the Senate.

“Passage of a coherent food label disclosure law by Congress is the only logical approach in order to avoid the chaotic mess that would arise from leaving this issue up to the whims of 50 different states.”

The National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members of NMPF’s 30 cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. Visit www.nmpf.org for more information.

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03-09-16 Inside the RMFU with Vice-President Chad Franke: NFU Convention Recap, District Meetings, Condolances and more…

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RMFU VP Chad Franke 2(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) March 9, 2016 – Family farmers and ranchers are the best advocates for agriculture, and over the last four days, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has provided more than 500 members and delegates of the 114th Anniversary Convention with the advocacy tools they need to be better informed about topics important to farm policy and the industry.

Joining the CO Ag News Network inside the BARN is Chad Franke Vice-President of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union discussing that event and other topics too, including:

Listen to the interview with RMFU VP Chad Franke…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion.

RMFU: Safe, Healthy Food Begins with Secure, Profitable Farm and Ranch Families.

03-09-16 NMPF Board of Directors Approves Changes in FARM Program Version 3.0…

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NMPF Board of Directors Approves Changes in FARM Program Version 3.0

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ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation Board of Directors yesterday approved changes to the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) Program to strengthen the effectiveness and credibility of its animal care standards. 

Revisions to the FARM Program occur every three years and are based on input from farmers, veterinarians, and others involved in the FARM Program’s Technical Writing Group, NMPF’s Animal Health and Wellbeing Committee, and recommendations received through a public comment period. The revision process began in May 2015; the NMPF Board’s decision to approve the recommended revisions was the final step in the nearly 10-month process. The updates approved Tuesday during NMPF’s Board of Directors meeting will be reflected in version 3.0 of the program when it is implemented starting Jan. 1, 2017.  Continue reading

03-08-16 NMPF Board Endorses Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement…

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NMPF Board Endorses Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation voted Tuesday to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, an historic pact between 12 countries containing features that will help America’s dairy farmers in the future.  The organization is now urging Congress to pass the agreement this year, even as it also registered concerns with another major trade pact being negotiated with Europe. Continue reading

03-03-16 NMPF President Tells Senate Panel about Possibilities, Pitfalls with Past Free Trade Agreements…

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NMPF President Tells Senate Panel about Possibilities, Pitfalls with Past Free Trade Agreements

WASHINGTON, DC – Even after free trade agreements are negotiated by the U.S. government, the value of the pacts depends greatly on the ability of the United States to make other countries live up to their commitments when the agreements are enforced, according to the National Milk Producers Federation, whose president testified today at a Senate hearing on the lessons from how past trade agreements have been implemented.

Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF, told members of the Senate Finance committee Thursday that trade has become critically important to America’s dairy sector, thanks to the Uruguay Round and numerous new U.S. free trade agreements since 1994.  Even as dairy exports have grown, assisted in sizable part by the arduous, careful negotiations of the treaties, in some cases we have “to work almost as hard to ensure that the market access terms of the agreements are not subsequently undermined,” Mulhern said.

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03-01-16 NMPF Supports New Senate Food Labeling Bill Approved Today by Agriculture Committee…

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NMPF Supports New Senate Food Labeling Bill Approved Today by Agriculture Committee

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation today urged the full Senate to act quickly on legislation that would establish national regulations to bring consistency and transparency to the labeling of ingredients and processes used in the food supply. Continue reading

02-01-16 Inside the RMFU with Bill Midcap…

 

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  • CO Legislative Watch
  • CO Legislative Drive-In Feb 22nd
  • Thoughts regarding EPA’s Clean Power Plan
  • & More

Listen to the interview with RMFU’s Bill Midcap…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion.

RMFU: Safe, Healthy Food Begins with Secure, Profitable Farm and Ranch Families.

01-14-16 NMPF: Dairy industry voices pros and cons to TPP in front of U.S. International Trade Commission…

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Dairy industry voices pros and cons to TPP in front of U.S. International Trade Commission

The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) continued to play an active role in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement process this week, as USDEC President Tom Suber testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) representing the U.S. dairy industry. Continue reading

12-18-15 NMPF Praises Inclusion of COOL Repeal, Tax Relief for Farmers In Year-End Federal Government Spending Bill…

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NMPF Praises Inclusion of COOL Repeal, Tax Relief for Farmers In Year-End Federal Government Spending Bill

ARLINGTON, VA – Several crucial items for dairy farmers were approved by Congress in a massive year-end spending bill adopted Friday, including permanent tax relief for agricultural equipment purchases and the prevention of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. dairy products, the National Milk Producers Federation said today.

The must-pass omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year 2016, coupled with a major tax package, together were used as catch-all vehicles for a number of items important to the dairy sector, including: Continue reading