Farmers Union announces new climate change policy advisory panel
WASHINGTON, D.C. — To strengthen its ongoing efforts to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis, National Farmers Union announced its new Climate Change Policy Advisory Panel on Dec. 9. The panel’s 16 family farmer and rancher members will inform the organization’s climate-related legislative work, educational programming, outreach, and communications.
“There is a lot of work being done in the media, nonprofits, research institutions, the private sector, and across local, state, and national governments to help farmers implement climate-smart practices and build resilience to weather extremes,” said NFU President Rob Larew. “But ultimately, no one understands what’s necessary better than farmers and ranchers themselves. By establishing this panel and really listening to our members’ experiences and ideas, we can ensure that our actions are truly supporting them and providing them with the tools and knowledge they need to confront this crisis.”
With operations ranging significantly in size, type, and production method, the panel members reflect the diversity of American agriculture. Both organic and conventional operations are included, as are growers of specialty crops, row crops, and livestock. Additionally, several members produce renewable fuels and energy, while others are involved with their local farmer cooperatives.
The variety among the panel’s members will improve and broaden its recommendations, according to Larew. “Though all farmers are feeling the effects of climate change in one way or another, what that looks like really depends on the operation. Farmers in the Southwest, for instance, are facing droughts and wildfires, while those in the Midwest are dealing with wetter winters,” he said. “As a result, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to climate mitigation, which is why we need farmers of all stripes to inform our endeavors.”
Among other things, the panel will review and provide feedback on agriculture-related climate legislation; assist NFU with its climate communications, advocacy, and outreach; and identify and share climate resources with other farmers and ranchers. Each member will serve a one-year term with the option to renew for subsequent terms.
The farmers selected to participate in the inaugural panel are:
- Doug Mosel, California.
- David Ramsey, Illinois.
- Michael Morrow, Indiana.
- Herb Bartel, Kansas.
- Hannah Bernhardt, Minnesota.
- Adam Pimley, Montana.
- Richard Oswald, Missouri.
- Dan Gillespi, Nebraska.
- Ben Gotschall, Maine.
- Lenci Sickler, North Dakota.
- Mimi Casteel, Oregon.
- Bill Miller, Ohio.
- Clay Pope, Oklahoma.
- Hana Fullmer, Colorado.
- Kelcy Schuanuman, South Dakota.
- Rachel Bouressa, Wisconsin.