National Farmers Union
National Farmers Union (NFU) is an industry association that has the mission of protecting and enhancing the economic well being and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers and their rural communities. The association has a membership of about 250,000 farm and ranch families.
The NFU was founded in 1902 in Point, Texas. It's goal was to help the family farmer address profitability issues and monopolistic practices.
NFU's board of directors in June of 2009 called on Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Gary Gensler to conduct an investigation regarding the extreme futures price volatility and lack of convergence in hog, grain, dairy and cattle markets. The letter sent by the board also urged the CFTC to look at the effects of concentration within the grain and livestock sectors.
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The NFU's Washington, D.C. government relations office organizes legislative fly-ins in the spring and fall and as issues come before Congress for a vote. The fly-ins allow members to gather in the nation’s capital and help acquaint members of Congress with the challenges family farmers and ranchers face.