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  • 2/18/2015 5:37:37 PM
    In this series by BBC Radio, Dominic Lawson interviews people who have changed their mind on controversial matters. This week he asks the environmentalist Mark Lynas, who was once a prominent figure in direct actions to destroy genetically modified crops, why he now advocates for GM technology and what the reaction has been from his former allies....
  • 2/18/2015 5:35:26 PM
    Speaking recently to attendees at the annual meeting of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, Mary Kay Thatcher, AFBF’s farm policy expert, warned that 2015 is stacking up to be the “most challenging year for crop insurance in a very long time.” Politics and money are playing a big role. Farmers are likely to be looked at for cuts this year, Thatcher warned....
  • 2/18/2015 5:34:06 PM
    U.S.-grown apples and pears rot on the docks never again to see the light of day. Bins normally piled high with U.S. produce at markets across Asia are looking scant. Storage facilities across the country are packed with tons of meat that should be on dinner plates around the world. Why? Loading docks from Seattle to San Diego—once bustling with activity—are now moving with all the speed of a DMV line thanks to prolonged contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the Inte...
  • 2/18/2015 5:32:34 PM
    “The Best Thing Congress Can Do for American Workers,” an op-ed in Tuesday’s edition of Politico co-authored by AFBF President Bob Stallman, outlines the benefits of Trade Promotion Authority. “With more than one in five American jobs dependent on trade, boosting U.S. exports and the jobs they support should be a top priority for policymakers,” wrote Stallman and co-authors Thomas Donohue, president and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; John Engler, president, Business Roundtable; and Jay Timmons, ...
  • 2/18/2015 5:27:50 PM
    Are you worried about transportation issues in your area? Join the social media conversation (use hashtag #StuckInTraffic) and let members of Congress hear your voice....
  • 2/18/2015 5:22:01 PM
    The slow down at the West Coast ports is an issue for anyone trying to ship their goods, but AFBF deputy chief economist John Anderson says agriculture in particular is sensitive to this disruption. “We send a lot of pork to Pacific Rim countries, and slowdowns in shipments to those markets have started to be felt by the industry. You can get away with a slowdown for a while, but when cold storage starts to fill up and production is still coming along and needing a home, it gets to be a real ...
  • 2/18/2015 5:20:11 PM
    The Fighting Hunger Incentives Act of 2015 recently moved out of the House Ways and Means Committee with a 24-14 vote and should be taken up on the House floor in the next two weeks. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tom Reed (R- N.Y.) would provide incentives to restaurants, supermarkets and farms to contribute excess inventory to local food banks and pantries by making permanent a food-inventory donation provision in the tax code....
  • 2/18/2015 5:17:45 PM
    With the recent passage of H.R. 636, America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015, Congress is one step closer to securing Section 179 small business expensing permanently. Thanks to the immediate expensing that Section 179 allows, farmers and ranchers can put money right back to work by purchasing new equipment and technology with cash instead of taking on unnecessary debt and expenses, AFBF President Bob Stallman said in a statement....
  • 2/18/2015 5:15:41 PM
    Sweden’s ministry of agriculture is funding a new pilot project that seeks to establish if holding sows in farrowing crates allows more piglets to survive....
  • 2/10/2015 12:53:02 PM
    Chevrolet is excited to announce the addition of Motor Trend’s 2015 Truck of the Year – the all-new Chevy Colorado – to the list of 80-plus Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles that qualify for a $500 incentive for eligible Farm Bureau members. In addition, the new GMC Canyon is now eligible. The new Farm Bureau incentive may be stacked with other available in-market incentives, like Owner Loyalty or the GM Business Choice program. To take advantage of incentives available for the purchase or lease...
  • 2/9/2015 6:00:00 PM
    For some reason, milk has been under attack. Some critics are saying don’t drink milk – it’s unneeded, unnatural and bad for you. That couldn’t be further from the truth, points out the MilkTruth.com website. Thousands of scientific studies have documented the benefits of drinking milk. Don’t be misled by alarming headlines or passionate critics. Get the full story about milk. Nutrition is a science, not a point of view. See what the real experts are saying about milk – one of the most natur...
  • 2/9/2015 5:33:35 PM
    Farmers will need to engage in conversations with consumers for the long term if they are to build trust in today’s food system. That was among the messages delivered by Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention. “Farmers are accustomed to fixing things in the next production cycle. Building trust with consumers has a longer horizon,” said Arnot, who presented findings from CFI’s 2014 consumer research into consumer s...
  • 2/9/2015 5:32:23 PM
    Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention today approved resolutions that will provide the organization grassroots authority to ask Congress to finish many measures that remain unsettled at the start of 2015. “Our delegates are the men and women growing the food and fiber for our nation and much of the rest of the world every day,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “They have made great strides over the last decades in improving their enviro...
  • 2/9/2015 5:29:49 PM
    Rep. Rose DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) recently introduced the Safe Food Act of 2015, a bill to create an independent food safety agency. The new agency would be authorized to issue recalls, implement safety regulations and require traceability of foods. Currently, 15 separate agencies oversee various aspects of food safety, which some believe results in reduced oversight of food safety and potentially negative impacts on public health. DeLauro and Durbin introduced the sa...
  • 2/9/2015 5:28:02 PM
    A historic move to lift trade restrictions with Cuba is looking like good news for U.S. agriculture, even though fully realizing the benefits will take time and a strong commitment to complete the necessary steps to opening up this market....
  • 2/9/2015 5:26:41 PM
    The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that biodiesel from Argentina can now qualify for the RFS2 program, if it is certified to come from feedstock meeting the definition of renewable biomass under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Up to 600 million gallons of Argentinian biodiesel could enter the U.S. The decision will put a strain on the U.S. domestic biodiesel industry since Argentina has a Differential Export Tax program which allows Argentinian biodies...
  • 2/9/2015 5:22:50 PM
    The Obama administration wants to double the amount of federal funding dedicated to combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a mounting problem that causes an estimated 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths annually in the United States. President Barack Obama will ask Congress for the $1.2 billion as part of his annual budget request, scheduled to be unveiled next week, White House officials said. The funding would be used to speed development of antibiotics and diagnostic tools, improve su...
  • 2/9/2015 5:20:05 PM
    Scott Siepker, the “Iowa Nice Guy” (an actor with millions of views on YouTube whose shtick has been featured on ESPN) just released a new video introducing folks to the work farmers do and how it translates into food, energy and more. Watch the Farmer Nice video and follow the hashtag #FarmerNice to learn more....
  • 2/9/2015 5:16:19 PM
    The Census of Agriculture is a comprehensive snapshot of the entire agriculture sector. American Farm Bureau economist John Anderson said in Tuesday’s Newsline that the census is important because it provides a long-term outlook at agricultural trends. “The census is really useful in terms of defining what the industry works like, what the various sectors of the industry look like, thereby helping us to understand the environment that we’re making policy in,” Anderson explained....
  • 2/9/2015 5:14:56 PM
    An op-ed in the State Journal Register by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) makes the case for the Farm Bureau-supported Marketplace Fairness Act. “Despite the difficulties associated with moving legislation through a divided government in Washington, there is still reason to hope,” wrote Durbin and Schock. “Main Street businesses have a hard time surviving when their stores become showrooms, where people come in, look around, even try out merchandise, and then leave to...
  • 2/9/2015 5:13:13 PM
    Consumers are tiring of anti-GMO rhetoric: They want facts. You don’t have to put those claims under the microscope to see how shaky the anti-GMO platform is. That’s no surprise to those of us who know the benefits of GM products firsthand, of course. Now, more than ever, is a prime time for us to be sharing our stories about the environmental benefits of biotechnology and the safety of GM foods we feed to our own families without hesitation. Research and common sense back up what farmers an...
  • 2/9/2015 5:09:50 PM
    From tracking your morning run to analyzing traffic patterns and urban growth, companies are using data tools to drive better performance. In the day of $3 to $4 corn, farm growth will occur from farmers using data and technology and using it as a competitive advantage against those farmers who don’t embrace technology. With data driving today’s economy, savvy farmers and companies are mining their data for trends and applying what they learn in near real-time....
  • 2/9/2015 5:06:12 PM
    PBS, which recently launched a major educational initiative called PBS LearningMedia, is now accepting and sharing “America’s Heartland” content with millions of educators and students. Segments are now part of the extensive educational offerings available at no cost to teachers. America’s Heartland is the only weekly television series focused on farming and ranching in all 50 states. For more information and to find broadcast times in your area, visit www.americasheartland.org....
  • 2/9/2015 5:02:34 PM
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal district court in Minnesota ordered EPA recently not to release farmers’ and ranchers’ personal information while AFBF and co-plaintiff National Pork Producers Council appeal the court’s decision dismissing their lawsuit. By dismissing the suit, the court ruled that farmers are not harmed when the government compiles and releases a storehouse of personal information, so long as individual bits of that information are somehow publicly accessible, such as through an In...
  • 2/9/2015 5:00:22 PM
    The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture launched its new giving campaign, “Seed the future, grow together” at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in San Diego in January. Donors contributed more than $30,000 to build awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education. “For those with a stake in agriculture’s future, there is no more important investment,” said Julie Tesch, executive director of the ...
  • 2/9/2015 4:57:17 PM
    This weekend marks the one year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the 2014 farm bill into law. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reported that the first year of implementation has been successful during a media call with reporters on Thursday. Ben LaCross, a Michigan Farm Bureau board member and former chair of AFBF’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, was an invited guest of Vilsack’s and also spoke to the media, explaining how provisions in the farm bill allow cherry growers to ov...
  • 2/9/2015 4:41:34 PM
    Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, recently questioned Treasury Secretary Jack Lew about the president’s proposal to add a second death tax on family farms and businesses. Lew took a lot of heat from Republicans over the proposal but claimed safeguards are included to prevent farmers from having to sell their farms to pay a tax bill, such as allowing them to pay over 15 years. He also asserted that few farms would be affected. According to Pat Wolff, ...
  • 2/9/2015 4:38:10 PM
    Extremism can yield big dividends for environmental groups.“A review by the of the tax forms filed by many of the most active — and radical — groups operating in the Western U.S. shows that the top 10 groups received nearly $1 billion in contributions and legal fees,” notes a Capital Press article. Some view the Endangered Species Act, with its deadlines and protection not of species but of specific populations, as essentially “a gift to the environmental movement.”...
  • 6/20/2014 4:41:03 PM
    Agriculture has a lot to be proud of regarding food production, according to Dr. Jayson Lusk, an ag economics professor at Oklahoma State University who addressed attendees at the America Farm Bureau Federation's SPARC Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, recently....
  • 6/20/2014 4:28:17 PM
    A new Environmental Protection Agency rule will illegally expand EPA jurisdiction to millions of acres of once-unregulated farm land, exposing farmers to fines and penalties for ordinary farming activities, the American Farm Bureau Federation told Congress recently. "The EPA isn't content with regulating just water-they want to control land= use, too, even though Congress and the Courts have already told them no," = Don Parrish, senior director of regulatory affairs at the American Farm Bur...
  • 6/11/2014 4:19:32 PM
    Utah Century Farm and Ranch Designation honors family-owned farms and ranches, which have stood through 100 years as hallmarks of our agricultural heritage....

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