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Cattle Market Transparency Act Introduced in U.S. Senate

Dan Cattle, Legislative

The Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2021 was introduced in the U.S. Senate. If enacted, the legislation would direct the Secretary of Agriculture and the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish regional mandatory minimums for negotiated trade of fed cattle. The act, introduced by Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska, would also direct …


AFBF President Testifies Before House Agriculture Committee

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Environment, Field Crops, Forestry, Fruits, Legislative, Livestock, Marketing, Nursery Crops, Organic, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall provided testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture Climate Change and the U.S. Agriculture and Forestry Sectors. Here is his written testimony: Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, my name is Zippy Duvall. I am a third-generation farmer and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, and I am pleased to offer this …


USDA NASS Sees AFBF Report as Opportunity to Cooperate


A report, released last month by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), lays out several recommendations to improve the way the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) collects surveys and reports data. It also gives recommendations to improve accuracy and farmer confidence in the survey results. After that report was released, Lance Honig, Chief of the Crops Branch of USDA NASS, …

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Economist Says Livestock Producers Need Insurance

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Economy, Livestock

(NAFB) — American livestock producers need the equivalent of crop insurance. The Hagstrom Report says American Farm Bureau Chief Economist John Newton made that statement in front of the recent Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Meeting. Newton says that in the 2023 Farm Bill, we will need “careful consideration as to how we are reaching the livestock sector with crop …


Agriculture Makes Gains in Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions

Dan Biofuels/Energy

American farmers and ranchers are producing more food, fibers, and renewable fuels while using fewer resources and more efficient management tactics. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Market Intel reviews trends in U.S. carbon sequestration as climate-smart farming practices increase. It reveals that U.S. carbon sinks offset 12% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and sequester 764 million metric tons during …


South African Farm Labor Exempt from Travel Ban

Dan Coronavirus, Labor and Immigration, News from Our Sponsors

(AFBF) — The U.S. State Department clarified its ban on non-citizens entering the United States from South Africa. A Biden administration proclamation suspended travel from several countries due to COVID-19 concerns. The State Department clarified that agriculture workers entering the U.S. qualify for national interest exceptions on a case-by-case basis. The American Farm Bureau Federation sent a letter to Secretary …

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AFBF’s USDA-NASS Working Group Report

Dan Industry News Release, USDA-NASS

(AFBF) — To help rebuild farmers’ trust in USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, a farmer-led working group put together by the American Farm Bureau has developed a series of recommendations for the agency. The recommendations focus on technology improvements and better communication from the agency, but the validity of the agency’s reports hinges on farmers’ full participation in NASS’ data …


Agriculture groups Ready to Work with Biden Administration

Dan Environment, General

AFBF Congratulates President Biden on Inauguration (AFBF) — American Farm Bureau (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall commented on the inauguration of President Joe Biden, who was sworn-in as the 46th President of the United States. “The American Farm Bureau Federation congratulates President Joe Biden as he begins his term as 46th president of the United States. We also congratulate Vice President Kamala Harris …

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Farm Bureau Establishes 2021 Policies

Dan General, Industry News Release

(AFBF) — Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 102nd Annual Convention adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in 2021. Key topics ranged from farm diversity to farm labor and dairy policy to livestock marketing. For the first time in AFBF history, delegates met and voted virtually due to COVID-19. “Our Farm Bureau delegates showed that …

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Farm Bureau Names 2021 Farm Dog of the Year

Dan General, Industry News Release

People’s Choice Pup also Announced (AFBF) — Recognizing that work on the family farm takes everyone pitching in and doing their part, including four-legged friends, Farm Bureau launched the Farm Dog of the Year contest three years ago. The winner of the 2021 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year award is Bindi, an Australian shepherd owned by New York …