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National Farmers Organization Favors COOL Re-instatement

National Farmers Organization Favors COOL Re-instatement

May 9, 2022 AMES, Iowa— National Farmers Organization’s ongoing support of mandatory Country of Origin Labeling continues with recent U.S. House legislation. Congressmen Lance Gooden (R-Tex.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), introduced a bill for MCOOL in late March which would…

Halls, Holstein Heroes

Halls, Holstein Heroes

Profit margin drives the decision for Chris Halls and his parents, Mark and Michelle, to finish Holsteins on their Brooten, Minnesota operation, in the rolling hills of the west central part of the state. “We’ve always been able to make more money feeding Holsteins than colored cattle…

Member Policy Planks Guide

Member Policy Planks Guide

Re-establish non-recourse loans as a price support instead of marketing loans, and that loan rates be set at $5.00 per bushel on corn, $7.50 per bushel on wheat, and $12.00 per bushel on soybeans. Re-enact a farmer-owned grain reserve program with the fallowing provisions: The reserve…

National Farmers Former North Dakota Board Member Passes Away

National Farmers Former North Dakota Board Member Passes Away

A long-time advocate for National Farmers Organization passed away Dec. 11. Kelly Shockman, Grand Rapids, N.D., was past president of the North Dakota National Farmers Organization, and served on the organization’s national board of directors. He was active in farm politics at both…

The Five Ds of Workers’ Compensation Insurance

The Five Ds of Workers’ Compensation Insurance

There are many factors to consider when selecting your workers’ compensation insurance. Here are some terms – five Ds – you may have heard and the affect they have on the cost of your coverage. Dividends. Dividends are a way to share in the good performance of your operation. If you…

National Farmers Supports American Beef Labeling Act

National Farmers Supports American Beef Labeling Act

National Farmers Organization signed on to a letter by several farm groups urging passage of the American Beef Labeling Act of 2021, Oct. 27. The legislation would restore mandatory Country of Origin labeling for beef. The American Beef Labeling Act (S.2716) addresses…

National Farmers Principles for Building Successful Partnerships

National Farmers Principles for Building Successful Partnerships

Our Dairy Division is growing. That’s wonderful, but we can never forget that new milk needs new markets. Our sales staff relies on seven time-tested principles as they develop good homes for the milk our members produce. 1. We don’t compete with our buyers by owning or operating processing…

2021 Livestock Growth Continues

2021 Livestock Growth Continues

Even in these strange COVID-19 times, the Livestock Division staff continues to post year-over-year, double-digit volume increases. As issues of staffing, quarantines, masks and mandatory vaccinations plague the packing industry and trickle down to markets and producers, National Farmers Livestock has…

Grain Division Grows, Staff Members Added

Grain Division Grows, Staff Members Added

This past year has presented many and varied challenges, however, your National Farmers Grain Division has experienced a successful year with significant growth and the addition of some excellent professionals to our team. LuAnn Robinson, our longtime grain settlement specialist, retired…

Two New Marketing Reps Join National Farmers Grain

Two New Marketing Reps Join National Farmers Grain

National Farmers Grain Division has named two new marketing representatives. Scott Wharton is the new conventional grain representative for Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.
Wharton grew up on a National Farmers dairy operation in Mason, Illinois, and has considerable…

President’s Message

President’s Message

Corn is King. – We have all heard that saying over the years. In today’s world does it mean anything. Is it even relevant?
Those of us in National Farmers used to predict that cheap corn meant cheap…

Dairy Marketing Signals

Dairy Marketing Signals

Have you had a chance to see the new ad we are running in farm papers across the country? If not, you can look at it in this edition of the Magazine.
We’ve been getting some great responses to the ad. I’d like to hear from each…

Cattle Marketing Signals

Cattle Marketing Signals

What a difference a couple of months can make. Last time I penned this article we were wondering how high the market could go. Now, of course we’re wondering if it can get back to the level it was then, the hope marketing…

Grain Marketing Signals

Grain Marketing Signals

Basis levels for November-December 2021 delivery are higher for farmers’ delivery locations east of the Mississippi, when compared with the harvest pressure placed upon the cash markets. For farmers, basis is one market signal to…

Convene ’22 in the Quad Cities February 8-9

Convene ’22 in the Quad Cities February 8-9

After last year’s convention cancellation because of safety concerns about COVID-19, members are excited to attend our annual winter meeting next year. And Bettendorf, Iowa is the place for Convene ‘22, February 8-9. We have packed the…

Markets, Infrastructure, Climate Change Issues Tackled by NFU

Markets, Infrastructure, Climate Change Issues Tackled by NFU

On September 15, National Farmers Union kicked off its virtual 2021 Fall Legislative Fly-In. National Farmers Organization Legislative Coordinator, Gene Paul represented members at the event. “The core issues NFU presented were…

DeVon Woodland Passes Away

DeVon Woodland Passes Away

Former National Farmers President DeVon Rollison Woodland, 92, Blackfoot, Idaho, passed away in his home on September 23, 2021. Woodland was a farmer and rancher, and was a dedicated and passionate advocate for family farmers. He had a 23-year career with the National Farmers…

Cattle Marketing Signals

Cattle Marketing Signals

Let’s take a look at cattle market fundamentals first, and it’s all good news. Cattle on feed numbers are down, the cow herd is shrinking while domestic and foreign demand are strong. Nothing but blue skies and higher markets on the horizon, right? Sure if this was pre-BSE, which I will refer to…

Grain Marketing Signals

Grain Marketing Signals

The countdown is on. In last year’s August monthly crops reporting, corn yield was set above 180 bushels per acre. Then a rare storm, Derecho, passed through much of the Midwest causing destruction to buildings and crops. As harvest progressed, yields were found considerably lower than…

Dairy Marketing Signals

Dairy Marketing Signals

No one reading this needs to be reminded of how rough our marketing road has been during the past several years. Mega-dairies are flooding our markets with milk, a pandemic turned the entire industry on its head, processors and retailers grow bigger and more powerful by the day. The list…

Paul Olson President’s Message

Paul Olson President’s Message

The summer of 2021 has proven to be a year of volatility from weather, markets and in some cases finding market access. It makes a farmer flinch.
In mid-July a tornado did extensive damage to our largest marketing center which is located in…

National Farmers Organization Favors President Biden’s Ag Executive Order

National Farmers Organization Favors President Biden’s Ag Executive Order

President Joe Biden on July 9 issued a comprehensive executive order addressing issues related to consolidation of businesses, including agribusinesses, and the tide of economic issues it sparks for the production level of the farm industry. National Farmers commends the administration’s efforts…

Vice President Shultz Focuses On Climate Issues

Vice President Shultz Focuses On Climate Issues

On my Montana ranch we finished haying this year on July 4. That may not sound like news to most people, but producers in our area usually don’t even start preparing to get into the fields until after Independence Day. With extreme drought hammering the whole region, we actually began haying…

Dairy Division Enjoys Success Regionally

Dairy Division Enjoys Success Regionally

In March 2017, National Farmers opened a new Northeast Region office in Cortland, New York after cancelling ties with Dairy Marketing Services, LLC, which had previously handled marketing. The new office was started from scratch, finding milk haulers and establishing routes, hiring staff members and…

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