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Delicate Balance of International Trade and Markets

Dan Exports/Imports, This Land of Ours, Trade

The balance of international trade and markets. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. American Agri-Women hosted the Global Food and Energy Supply Conversation recently to respond to member interest in rising input and food costs. Chief economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation Roger Cryan was one of the speakers. He started with a discussion on the importance …

New Ag Coalition Focuses on Bioeconomy

Dan Bioeconomy, Corn, Hemp, Livestock, Poultry, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

A new coalition of agriculture groups with a new focus. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Several industry associations launched the Ag Bioeconomy Coalition just days ago, to advance federal policy initiatives that foster growth toward a circular economy based on innovative products derived from agricultural commodities. Encompassing a broad range of technologies, the ag bioeconomy uses renewable, …


Removing Barriers to Meet Growing Demand for Food

Dan Agri-Business, Fertilizer

The American Farm Bureau is calling on USDA to take steps to make sure American farmers continue to have access to crucial fertilizer supplies. The organization submitted comments on USDA’s “Request for Information on Access to Fertilizer.” AFBF says many factors are combining to create shortages and drive up fertilizer costs. AFBF President Zippy Duvall says America’s farmers are getting …

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Farm Dog of the Year Nominations Closing Soon

Dan This Land of Ours

Nominations are closing soon, for a farm bureau honor for your four-legged friends. That’s today’s This Land of Ours. If you haven’t nominated your pup for the Farm Dog of the Year, now’s the time. Nominations close on July 15. Farm Dog of the Year is an annual competition held by the American Farm Bureau Federation and supported by Purina. …

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USDA to Resurvey Some Planted Acreage

Dan Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Wheat

The June 30 acreage report from USDA shows farmers planted slightly less acres than last year. However, American Farm Bureau Federation Senior Economist Veronica Nigh says USDA will resurvey some planted acreage, which could change the data. “USDA’s June 30 acreage report indicates that for the ’22-23 crop year, farmers planted 237.8 million acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton,” …


USDA-Cost of a Home-Grilled Cheeseburger up from 2021

Dan Beef, Economy, This Land of Ours, USDA-ERS

Grilling season is underway, and the cost of the homemade cheeseburger is going up. That’s today’s This Land of Ours. Home-grilled cheeseburgers, a summer cookout staple, will cost consumers more this summer. USDA’s Economic Research Service says the ingredients for a home-prepared 1/4-pound cheeseburger totaled $2.07 per burger, with ground beef making up the largest cost at $1.20. This represents …


Growers Frustrated with EPA Regarding Pesticide Impacts

Dan Legislative, Pest/Pest Control, Regulation

American farmers are again at odds with the Environmental Protection Agency over the Endangered Species Act. The final EPA biological evaluations of neonicotinoids and their impacts on endangered species are overly conservative and don’t use all available data, according to the farm groups. Grower groups like the American Soybean Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation are concerned the evaluations …


AFBF and NPPC Tell Supreme Court Proposition 12 is Unconstitutional

Dan Pork

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 12. The state law seeks to ban the sale of pork from hogs that don’t meet the state’s arbitrary production standards, even if the pork was raised on farms outside of California. AFBF and …

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Farm Bureau Virtual Event Focuses on Farmer Mental Health

Dan This Land of Ours

Putting a focus on mental health for farmers. That’s today’s This Land of Ours. In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, the American Farm Bureau Federation will host a free virtual event, Farmers Saving Lives, on Tuesday, May 31, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. The live event will feature compelling stories from three Farm Bureau members who believe that advocating …

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Farmer Mental Health Month

Dan This Land of Ours

Protecting Farmers’ Mental Health  Farming is one of the most challenging ways to make a living and can take a toll on farmers and everyone close to them. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Jessica Cabrera, American Farm Bureau managing director of member engagement, says mental health can be a difficult topic to discuss in farm country. “Farm life …