Coalition Asks Congress to Safeguard Crop Insurance

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

A coalition of more than 50 farm groups is asking lawmakers to safeguard crop insurance. The organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, warned in a letter to top-ranking House and Senate budget leaders this week that “An overreliance on budget savings from the agriculture community and from crop insurance will unquestionably undermine rural economies.” 2018 farm profitability is expected …


Labor Discussed at Farm Bureau Convention

Dan Labor and Immigration

President Donald Trump was one of the speakers during the recent American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual convention. While he did discuss wanting support for a border wall between the United States and Mexico, he also promised to make it easier for seasonal farm workers to enter the country. During a press conference, AFBF President Zippy Duvall said immigration and farm labor …

Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

AFBF Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Highlights Importance of Rural Innovation

Dan Industry News Release

The Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge helps boost rural innovation and business, a critical part of the rural economy. Four finalist teams in the competition will compete for a total of $30,000 in prize money at the 2018 AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in January, in addition to already being awarded $15,000. Anne Hazlett, who leads USDA’s Rural Development efforts, …


Farm Bureau Seeks Full Withdrawal of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule

Dan Industry News Release, Livestock, Poultry

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “The American Farm Bureau thanks Secretary Perdue for delaying the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule. The health and well-being of livestock is a top priority for all farmers and ranchers. We work with a host of specialists, from animal scientists to nutritionists, to manage our farms …


Farm Bureau Supports GIPSA Rule Do-Over

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “The Agriculture Department has withdrawn the livestock portion of the GIPSA rule and will continue to work on poultry fair practice issues in a future rulemaking. This is good news for farmers and ranchers. “We thank Secretary Perdue for his diligent efforts on these rules. The livestock …


Key for Agriculture Hangs in the Balance

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Tax Reform key for agriculture and other sectors, hangs in the balance this week as the Senate takes an expected razor-thin vote on a budget bill crucial to passing tax reform. The fate of tax reform, a top priority of the president and GOP, will likely be determined by this week’s Senate vote on a so-called ‘reconciliation’ budget. American Farm …


Enhancing Entrepreneurship a Farm Bureau Focus

Dan Industry News Release

Building a strong rural America through entrepreneurship Dr. Lisa Benson, director of rural development at the American Farm Bureau Federation, described to the House Small Business Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee the organization’s focus on programs to enhance entrepreneurship. “Entrepreneurship can be a tool to sustain economic growth, create local jobs and improve the quality of life for rural Americans,” …


American Farm Bureau Encouraged by Tax Framework, but Refinement Needed

Dan Industry News Release

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “Comprehensive tax reform is essential to addressing the financial challenges faced by America’s farmers and ranchers. The tax-reform framework announced today is an important step toward a fair and equitable tax system that encourages success, savings, investment, and entrepreneurship. “Farm Bureau is encouraged to see that this …


Bacon and Chicken Up, OJ Too

Dan Industry News Release

Higher retail prices for several foods, including bacon, chicken breast, orange juice, sliced deli ham and flour resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Fall Harvest Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals was $51.13, up $1.43, or about 3 …