National Farmers Union Convention Begins in Omaha

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The National Farmers Union's 110th anniversary convention began Sunday evening in Omaha, Neb. It's the first NFU convention in the state of Nebraska since 1973.

The opening banquet featured the State of the Farmers Union address from NFU President Roger Johnson who said the state of the organization is strong. He discussed the future of the organization and some changes that have been proposed for dues structures when it comes to state organization.

During the evening banquet, the National Farmers Union presented a check to Feeding America for over $55,000 which was raised during a challenge posed by Howard G. Buffett, farmer and philanthropist. He pledged to match up to $50,000 in donations to Feeding America made by Farmers Union members across the country. Buffett then posed another $50,000 challenge to Farmers Union for the year ahead.

“As family farmers, ranchers, and rural community members, we are very well aware that many people, both in the United States and around the world, often go to bed hungry at night, and that’s a big concern for us,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Farmers Union members really stepped up to meet Howard Buffett’s challenge and showed they really care about the less fortunate among us.”

During his remarks, Mr. Buffett said, "As farmers, hunger is our enemy, and we're losing the battle." Buffett encouraged farmers to donate at least one acre of their crop production to their local food bank to help others have enough to eat.

Sunday night's banquet opened the convention which will feature a wide range of speakers and guests, policy discussions, and more.

The convention runs through Wednesday in Omaha.

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