Education, Legislation & Cooperation
- Co-operative Education: NWFU sends up to five members to National Farmers Union’s College Conference on Co-operatives each year, who bring back to the region information and skills that will foster the co-operative business model here. CHS Foundation and NFU fund this programming.
- Farmer Leadership: Grooming the next generation of farmer leaders is a requirement if we want to see the region well represented in Washington, D.C. A grant from Farm Aid allows NWFU to send 10 to 15 farmers to the capital each year to share their priorities with their Congressional representatives.
NFU Beginning Farmers Institute: NWFU sends applications and hopeful representatives to this amazing opportunity, where folks bring back a wealth of knowledge and contacts to our region and their own operations. NWFU and NFU fund this program.
Women’s Conference NWFU, promotes representatives from our region to attend the annual conference which is aimed at providing women farmers the resources they need to enhance their knowledge of their family farm operation and learn the value of leadership in rural communities and cooperatives. NWFU, NFU and Annie’s Project fund this program.
International Outreach Opportunity
NWFU and NFU leaders have a rich history in working with like-minded groups overseas. In collaboration with the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) and the CNFA, National Farmers Union sends leaders to Africa and other locations around the world. NWFU and NFU fund this program
Stanley Moore National Scholarships
Each year, several $1,000 scholarships are awarded to Farmers Union members enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university. Click here to view scholarship application.
All applications must be postmarked on or before April 15, 2017 to be considered.
Hubert K. and JoAnn Seymour Scholarship
Each year, one or two scholarships will be awarded ranging from $1000 to $2000 total. Click here to view the scholarship application.
All applications must be postmarked on or before March 5, 2017 to be considered.
NWFU Policy Book
The Northwest Farmers Union Policy Book is discussed, debated and adopted at our Annual Conventions. The Policy Book guides our work all year long and provides an overview of the public policies for a food, fiber and energy policy we believe are essential to our region’s long-term sustainability. The Policy Book helps us to introduce ourselves to prospective new members – and to policy makers. Click here to get your copy of the Enacted 2016-17 Policy & Program Book
NWFU is a grassroots and member-driven organization and members are invited to submit proposed revisions and amendments to the Policy Book to our Policy Committee. Prior to our Annual Meeting, the NWFU Policy Committee meets to consider all proposals from members and from the NWFU Legislative Committee and them membership at large. All revisions as accepted by the Policy Committee are made available to the membership no fewer than 10 days prior to the Annual Convention by electronic notice and by publication on the NWFU website. At the Annual Convention, members present will be asked to vote on the Policy Book as revised. Amendments may also be proposed from the floor. The 2017 Annual Convention is set for October 14th in Walla Walla, WA at Walla Walla Community College.
Guidelines for policy proposals:
- NWFU Members in good standing may submit proposed revisions or additions to the policy book at any time.
- Proposals must be submitted using this official form.
- Proposals received at least 30 days prior to the NWFU annual meeting will be reviewed by the Policy Committee, which will decide whether or not to approve a proposal as submitted, approve it with revisions, or reject it. A majority vote of the Policy Committee shall be required to move the proposal on to the annual meeting for consideration.
- Individuals who submit proposals may be called upon to discuss their proposals with the Committee.
- It shall be the Policy Committee’s responsibility to determine if the proposed revision or addition requires changes to other language in the book in order to avoid contradictory positions, and to amend the proposal or other language if needed.
- The NWFU Legislative Committee may also propose revisions or additions to the policy book when such revisions or additions are approved by majority vote of the Committee.
- The Policy Committee may also propose revisions or additions to the policy book. A majority vote by the Committee shall be required to move its proposed revisions or additions on to the Annual Meeting for consideration.
- Proposals and the decisions of the Policy Committee will be published on the NWFU website no less than 30 days prior to the annual meeting. Members will be notified of their availability for review.
- NWFU Members in good standing may also propose revisions or additions to the policy book from the floor during the annual meeting. Proposals must be submitted in writing, using the NWFU form, and the author of the proposal identified. The author may be asked to clarify or speak to the proposal. The Chair of the Policy Committee or the Chair’s designee will be asked to comment on the proposal, and may recommend amendments to the proposal or that the proposal be referred to the Committee for additional review and discussion. Discussion on any proposal made from the floor will be limited to a maximum of five minutes, unless a majority of members present vote to allow further discussion.
- A majority vote of members present is required for passage of any individual policy proposals, and for adoption of the policy book, with any revisions, for the following year.
Enacted by NFU state members including NWFU delegates at the annual national convention
March 5-8, 2016