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Making Norway Grow!. A Short Presentation of The Norwegian Farmers’ Union. Making Norway Grow!. The Norwegian Farmers’ Union (NFU) 61 700 members give you tasty and varied food of high quality create viable and strong local communities all over Norway

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making norway grow

Making Norway Grow!

A Short Presentation of The Norwegian Farmers’ Union

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Making Norway Grow!

The Norwegian Farmers’ Union (NFU)

61 700 members

  • give you tasty and varied food of high quality
  • create viable and strong local communities all over Norway
  • maintain a beautiful country and cultural landscape
  • secure innovation in production and enterprises in the farm holdings
the norwegian farmers union
The Norwegian Farmers’ Union

The NFU is the leading organisation for agricultural business and politics, and delivers a wide range of service to members. The organisation has no formal ties to any political party

The NFU works to improve the conditions for Norwegian farming and to advocate the importance of farming in a modern society

With it’s 61 700 members, 580 local branches, 18 county departments, close political contacts and highly qualified employees, the NFU is a strong and respected organisation

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The NFU - a wide engagement (1)

Frameworks and farming policies

Our objectives

  • To secure the overall framework for farm based activities for our members
  • To ensure sufficient income in farming to create and maintain attractive jobs and business development in agriculture
  • To ensure local ownership and local control of resources
  • To develop an active policy for maintaining a decentralised population and employment opportunities in rural areas
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The NFU - a wide engagement(2)

International agreements and affairs

Our objectives

  • To obtain a WTO-agreement (World Trade Organisation) that gives the right to national food production and ensures a viable agriculture in all areas of the country
  • To ensure that Norway does not become a member of the European Union
  • To secure Norwegian interests in international forums and affairs


Our objectives

  • To ensure income tax systems and levies as a central element in the economic framework for agriculture
  • To work for a taxation system that gives farmers the same rights as other groups to social security, health care, pension rights, etc
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The NFU - a wide engagement (3)

Quality production

Our objectives

  • To promote new and varied products of high quality in order to give the consumers excellent culinary experiences, and in accordance with consumer demands and wishes
  • To work for a small scale production as a means to secure an environmentally sound agriculture and animal welfare
  • To develop an agricultural sector with high emphasis on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

Food supply and food market

Our objectives

  • To meet domestic demand for all foodstuffs for which we have natural growing conditions in Norway
  • To maintain stable prices and a secure market turnover through production- and market regulations
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The NFU - a wide engagement(4)


Our objectives

  • To have a substantial influence on public opinion, politicians and decision makers through media and other channels
  • To raise agricultural issues in the public debate and to be an avid representative on behalf of our members
  • To build a permanent positive attitude towards farming and agriculture through activities and campaigns aimed at the general public
individual advantages for members
Individual advantages for members
  • Insurance. Substantial discounts in insurance coverage for both life insurance and non-life insurance
  • Discount card. Provides discount prices on gasoline, diesel, electric power, telephone services, cars, accessories
  • Farmers weekly - Bondebladet - included in membership fee
  • Assistance in matters such as economics, accountancy, taxation, legal matters, regulations, agricultural policies, land management
  • Special discounts for members under 35 years
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The member organisation (1)

The objective is to unite all who are, or feel attached to agriculture and work for common interests.

Anybody who supports our objective can become a member. A membership implies both rights and obligations.

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The member organisation (2)

Local branches

  • Local interest groups and constitute the main meeting ground for colleagues in the local farming sector
  • Engages and influences local authorities, especially in matters concerning land management and business development
  • The local annual meeting is open to all members and gives each member the right and possibility to influence the policies and workings of the organisation
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The member organisation (3)

The county department (18)

  • Engages and influences authorities at county level
  • Promotes agriculture in the media
  • Active toward politicians, both MP’s and representatives for county based governments and party organisations.
  • Regional business development
  • Helps and supports the local branches
  • Elects county leaders and delegates to the annual national assembly
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The member organisation (4)

The Norwegian Farmers' Union

  • Annual meeting highest authority
  • Annual meeting, board of directors and committee of repr. are main policy-makers
  • The work is directed towards the members, co-ops, the government the private business sector
  • Proactive in focusing on agriculture in the national media
  • Service and assistance for members
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The member organisation (6)

The Service Organisation

  • 60 employees in the county departments and 60 employees at main office
  • Staff for member organisation
  • Main office in Oslo
  • 17 county dept. offices.

County department office

  • Staff for the county department
  • Supports political and media work at this level
  • Coordinates and supports the local branches, and liaison between the national and local levels
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The member organisation (7)

Departments at main office:

Dept. of Organisation

  • Liaison and vertical contact within the organisation
  • Production of written material, planning, preparing and coordinating the work in the local and county branches
  • Conferences and internal meetings
  • Demonstrations and manifestations
  • Political programs, annual reports
  • Membership registry
  • Member insurance
  • Farmers education and adult learning
  • Occupational Health and Safety
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The member organisation (8)

Dept. of communication

  • Communication with the media, the general public and the political system
  • Media surveillance
  • Homepage on the Internet
  • Written material, brochures and flyers
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The member organisation (9)

The Dept of Agricultural Policy

  • National agricultural policies
  • The Agricultural Agreement
  • International issues
  • Economics, framework for business development and rural policies
  • Nature- and resource management
  • New farm based enterprises and businesses
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The member organisation (10)

The Dept. of Accountancy and Legal Services

  • Develops and offers service and computer programs for farmers and local accountancy firms
  • 50 local law firms gives members legal help at reasonable prices
  • Courses and seminars
  • Service and assistance for members in economics and accountancy

The Dept. of Administration

  • Internal economics, staff and techn. support
  • Real estate