The National Farmers Union (NFU) 116th Anniversary Convention concluded this week following the adoption of the organization’s policy book and special orders of business. Nearly 500 family farmers and ranchers – including members of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union convened in Kansas City, Missouri, to engage in thoughtful policy deliberations and celebrate family agriculture.
Delegates to the convention adopted the NFU Policy Book and special orders of business that will guide the organization’s government affairs priorities over the course of the next year, especially as they relate to the current farm economic crisis and upcoming deliberations on the 2018 Farm Bill.
Convention attendees were treated to keynote remarks from Jason Kander, president of Let America Vote, and Art Cullen, Pulitzer-prize winning editor of The Storm Lake Times. NFU President Roger Johnson delivered his annual State of the Farmers Union, focusing on the upcoming Farm Bill, state of the farm economy, and organizational priorities moving forward. Johnson also joined a panel on the opioid crisis with American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall and U.S. Department of Agriculture Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett.
In order to provide the national organization a set of priorities for the coming year, 194 delegates from 33 states approved nine special orders of business: