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NFU stands tall for family farmers and their co-ops.

Founded as the Farmers Educational Cooperative Union of America in Point, Texas, National Farmers Union (NFU) helps the family farmer address profitability issues and monopolistic practices. NFU has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities throughout the nation.

Today, NFU is led by President Roger Johnson. The 113-year-old organization represents farmers and ranchers in all states, with organized divisions in 33 states. The key to the success and credibility of the organization has been Farmers Union's grassroots structure, in which policy positions are initiated locally. The policy process includes the presentation of resolutions by individuals, followed by possible adoption of the resolutions at the local, state and national levels. Members and staff of the Farmers Union advocate these policy positions nationwide.

National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) carries out the cooperative mission of education and outreach. Led by Executive Director Maria Miller, NFUF offers several programs of interest to those who care about this nation's cooperatives, including:

* The College Conference on Cooperatives (CCOC). This conference takes place every February and attracts students from across the nation. Featuring presentations by cooperative leaders from all across the spectrum, the event is beneficial to both beginning students and to those with some previous co-op education. Learn more about CCOC at: http://www.nfu.org/ nfu-foundation/ccoc.

* The All-States Camp Cooperative Camp Store. Each summer, NFU members age 17-20 who have distinguished themselves as leaders are given the opportunity to attend this camp. Young people from across the United States come to Bailey, Colo., where they spend a week at the NFU Education Center, nestled among the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. As part of their week at camp, leaders form a mock cooperative camp store, where they elect a board, buy and manage shares in the cooperative and then liquidate it at the end of the week. For those eager to work on the nuts and bolts of an actual cooperative, the experience is invaluable. Learn more: http://www.nfu.org/nfu-foundation/all-states-leadership-camp.

National Farmers Union believes that good opportunities in production agriculture are the foundation of strong farm and ranch families, and strong farm and ranch families are the basis for thriving rural communities. Vibrant rural communities, in turn, are vital to the health, security and economic wellbeing of the entire national economy. Whether it is representing family farmers and ranchers on pressing issues of the day--such as Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and trade policies, or educating the nation's youth about the principles of farming and cooperatives--NFU is the farmer's "go-to" organization in Washington, D.C.

NATIONAL FARMERS UNION

Website: www.nfu.org.

E-mail: info@nfudc.org

Phone: (202) 554-1600

Mailing address: 20 F Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20001

Social media: Twitter: www.nfu.org/NFUDC

www.facebook.com/nationalfarmersunion

Leaders/contact: NFU President: Roger Johnson; NFU Foundation Executive Director: Maria Miller; Social media contact: Andrew Jerome, ajerome@nfudc.org.
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