NFU says Help is Needed
As the national farm economy continues to struggle, the National Farmers Union is calling on lawmakers in D.C. to help the Ag community.
The NFU board recently passed a resolution calling on the administration and Congress to work together to strengthen the farm safety net, which will help family farms weather challenges into the future.
Roger Johnson, is the President of National Farmers Union.
"Economic challenges have forced many farmers into significant financial strain, particularly beginning farmers and ranchers who have not had the ability to build up equity," said the NFU board. "Despite their best efforts, many farmers are struggling to stay afloat. We urge Congress and the administration to work together to find solutions that will provide significant, long-term answers to strengthen the farm safety net."
The NFU board noted net farm income in 2018 is estimated to be nearly 50 percent less than 2013 levels, and that median farm income is estimated to be negative $1,548, meaning a majority of farms — farms of all sizes — lost money last year. Analysts have noted, however, the decline came off high farm income levels.