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    Policy of the National Farmers Union

    Enacted by delegates to the 115th anniversary convention

    San Diego, CA

    March 5-8, 2017

    National Farmers Union Mission and Vision Statements

    Mission – To advocate for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of family

    farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers and their communities through education,

    cooperation and legislation. National Farmers Union advocates for the sustainable production

    of food, fiber, feed and fuel.

    Vision – National Farmers Union will continue to be the respected, influential and

    independent national voice and coalition leader that bridges family producers and consumers

    on behalf of a vibrant and growing grassroots membership.

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    CONTENTS

    Preamble .................................................................................................................................................................... 13

    Article I – Agricultural Programs for the Family Farm .......................................................................... 15

    A. General Program Provisions ................................................................................................................ 16

    1. Measures of Economic Equity ........................................................................................................ 16

    2. Directing Benefit Protection to Family Farms ......................................................................... 16

    3. Providing a Safety Net ........................................................................................................................ 18

    4. Farm Viability Programs for Family Farms .............................................................................. 18

    5. Local Food & Food Systems ............................................................................................................. 19

    6. Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (also see Article IV.A - Farm Service Agency (FSA)

    Credit Programs) ........................................................................................................................................... 20

    7. Urban Farming ...................................................................................................................................... 21

    B. Dairy, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fishing .................................................................................... 22

    1. Dairy Policy ............................................................................................................................................. 22

    i. Domestic Dairy Policy ................................................................................................................. 22

    ii. Market Order Reform .................................................................................................................. 23

    iii. Milk Protein Concentrate/Ultra-Filtered Milk Products (also see Article I.D –

    Labeling of Commodities and Commodity Products) .................................................................. 24

    iv. Consumer Protection (also see Article I.D – Labeling of Commodities and

    Commodity Products) .............................................................................................................................. 25

    v. Raw Dairy ......................................................................................................................................... 25

    2. Livestock Policy .................................................................................................................................... 26

    i. Animal Welfare ............................................................................................................................... 26

    ii. Livestock and Livestock Product Imports (also see Article III – International

    Trade, Cooperation, and the Family Farm) ..................................................................................... 27

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    iii. Consumer Protection (also see Article X.J – Food Safety and Article I.D – Labeling

    of Commodities and Commodity Products) ..................................................................................... 27

    iv. Livestock Health ............................................................................................................................ 28

    v. State Animal Identification ........................................................................................................ 31

    vi. National Animal Identification ................................................................................................ 31

    vii. Aquaculture, Fishing and Alternative Livestock .............................................................. 32

    1. Marine Aquaculture ................................................................................................................. 33

    2. Sustainable Working Waterfronts and Fisheries ........................................................ 33

    C. Labeling of Commodities and Commodity Products ................................................................. 35

    1. Country-of-Origin Labeling .............................................................................................................. 35

    2. Labeling of Food Products ............................................................................................................... 36

    3. Nutrition Labeling ............................................................................................................................... 37

    D. Commodities ............................................................................................................................................... 37

    1. Wheat, Coarse Grains, Oilseeds, Rice, and Cotton .................................................................. 37

    2. Other Program Commodities (wool, mohair, honey, pulse crops, etc.) ....................... 38

    3. Tobacco .................................................................................................................................................... 39

    4. Peanuts ..................................................................................................................................................... 40

    5. Sugar .......................................................................................................................................................... 40

    6. Tree Farms and Forestry .................................................................................................................. 40

    7. Specialty Crops ...................................................................................................................................... 41

    8. Honey/Pollination ............................................................................................................................... 42

    9. Value-Added and Minimally Processed Foods ........................................................................ 43

    10. Value-Added Uses of Farm Products .................................................................................... 43

    E. Agri-Tourism .............................................................................................................................................. 43

    F. Risk Management ..................................................................................................................................... 43

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    1. Livestock Producer Assistance ...................................................................................................... 43

    2. Crop Insurance ...................................................................................................................................... 44

    3. National Food Liability Insurance Program ............................................................................. 47

    4. Risk Management Education .......................................................................................................... 47

    G. Farm Program Administration ........................................................................................................... 48

    1. Farmer-Elected Committees ........................................................................................................... 48

    2. Natural Resources Conservation Service .................................................................................. 48

    3. Improved Marketing Mechanisms ................................................................................................ 49

    H. Special Agricultural Policies and Services ..................................................................................... 49

    1. Farm Labor ............................................................................................................................................. 49

    2. Safety of Farmers and Farm Workers ......................................................................................... 50

    3. Storable Commodities Producer Protection ............................................................................ 51

    i. Federal Warehouse Act ...................................................................