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  • 2/4/2016 1:37:24 PM
    “For almost a century, AFBF has been the leading voice of agriculture, standing up for farmers and ranchers across our great country,” wrote AFBF President Zippy Duvall in his first Ag Agenda column. But the real strength of Farm Bureau is our active grassroots membership, Duvall continued. “You are the backbone of the organization, and together we can address the toughest issues facing U.S. agriculture in 2016.”...
  • 2/4/2016 1:36:04 PM
    The Agriculture Department is meeting this week with both sides of the GMO labeling debate in an effort to find common ground, Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a Newsline. “From my perspective, USDA, our role is to convene, our role is to encourage, if there is consensus to be found, consensus so a recommendation can be made to Congress, who ultimately have the final say in this,” Vilsack said....
  • 2/4/2016 1:23:49 PM
    With research affirming that increased transparency boosts consumers’ trust in the food they eat and how it was produced, transparency is no longer an option for farmers and ranchers, said Charlie Arnot, of the Center for Food Integrity. As farms have grown bigger over the decades, people’s trust in agriculture has declined, Arnot said. Consolidation, integration and technological advances in agriculture have resulted in safer, more available and more affordable food— and more skepticism fro...
  • 2/4/2016 1:22:32 PM
    World-renowned environmentalist Mark Lynas shared his experience of moving from anti-GMO activist to advocate for biotechnology at a featured workshop at the 97th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show. Lynas told an audience of farmers and ranchers how he changed his mind on GMOs when he came face-to-face with the science supporting biotechnology. “As a scientist, you must have data to back up what you’re saying,” Lynas said. “And I realized I wasn’t hold...
  • 2/4/2016 1:12:55 PM
    Delegates from all 50 states and Puerto Rico elected new leaders and approved policies that will help determine the future of agriculture, during AFBF’s 97th Annual Convention. Renewable fuels, governmental reform, farm policy, risk management and international trade were among the most important matters slated for action over the next 12 months....
  • 2/4/2016 1:11:31 PM
    Delegates at the 97th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention elected Zippy Duvall to serve as the new president of AFBF and Scott VanderWal as vice president. Vincent “Zippy” Duvall is a poultry, cattle and hay producer from Greene County, Georgia, and served as president of the Georgia Farm Bureau for 9 years. Duvall has held numerous leadership positions in Farm Bureau and his local community. He is the 12th president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Scott VanderWal i...
  • 1/8/2016 2:54:10 PM
    According to a legal opinion issued recently by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Environmental Protection Agency broke the law with its social media and grassroots lobbying campaign advocating for its own Waters of the U.S. rule. “It’s clear from this report that EPA orchestrated this matter in a biased fashion,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman in a statement. “Now it’s up to Congress to clean up this mess by including a corrective measure in the omnibus bill now taking shape ...
  • 1/8/2016 2:52:55 PM
    A new video produced by AFBF highlights the struggles a California farm family has encountered with federal water regulations. The video also illustrates how the climate regarding water regulations will likely become much worse and encompass the entire nation under the widely reviled Waters of the U.S. rule. As the enforcer of water regulations, the Army Corps of Engineers has told fourth-generation tree, vine and wheat grower John Duarte, a member of Farm Bureau in California, that he broke...
  • 1/8/2016 2:34:34 PM
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has amended Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to establish minimum performance and design standards for hours-of-service electronic logging devices along with requirements for the mandatory use of these devices by drivers currently required to prepare HOS records of duty status. While the rule does not explicitly exempt agriculture, most farmers and ranchers should be exempt from the ELD requirement due to existing HOS exemptions for cov...
  • 1/8/2016 2:32:42 PM
    The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food has launched a significant broadcast and cable TV advertising placement in the Washington, D.C., market urging Congress to pass federal legislation on food labeling. The advertising features a personal call for action by longtime Minnesota farmer and Vietnam veteran Jim Jiriva, who has long used biotechnology to increase crop yields and support his family farm....
  • 1/8/2016 2:31:10 PM
    In “You Call it Sustainability; I Call it Farming and Ranching,” a St. Louis Post-Dispatch op-ed by Randy Krotz, CEO of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, highlights key takeaway thoughts from his attendance at this year’s Food for Tomorrow conference. “America has a soft spot for farmers and ranchers, but not necessarily a keen understanding and appreciation for the methods we use to grow and raise food,” Krotz wrote. He also pointed out that “a lot of the polarization and misperceptio...
  • 1/8/2016 2:29:32 PM
    A recent announcement of a health-enhanced pig able to resist Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus is a “critical scientific breakthrough in hog farmers’ battles against the disease and is a real game changer for the pork industry,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said in a statement. PRRSv is an incurable viral disease that causes reproductive failure in sows, reduces growth of young pigs and causes premature death in piglets. It also annually causes an estimated $664 million in lost...
  • 1/8/2016 1:09:47 PM
    There are a lot of questions about antibiotics out there, which is why Meat MythCrushers created videos that let consumers hear from vets, farmers and professionals about how they handle these hard decisions. Meat MythCrushers was developed in consultation with some of the leading experts in the field of meat and animal science, food safety and nutrition to provide consumers and media with the other side of the story — a side that often is overlooked in media reports and on the Internet....
  • 1/8/2016 1:07:20 PM
    Have you considered using construction equipment on your farm or ranch? Machines like skid steer loaders and compact track loaders, traditionally used on construction sites, can perform a dozen different farm jobs that could save you time and money. Farm Bureau members in participating states save up to $2,000 when buying or leasing a qualifying Cat Backhoe Loader, Wheel Loader, Mini Hydraulic Excavator, Multi Terrain Loader, Skid Steer Loader, Compact Track Loader, Telehandler or Small Dozer. V...
  • 12/22/2015 12:31:36 PM
    Most years, a new crop of Farm Bureau presidents assumes the mantle of leadership for their respective state organizations and 2016 is no exception. Eleven exceptional leaders were recently elected to serve their state Farm Bureaus: Randy Cabral, Hawaii; Bryan Searle, Idaho; Randy Kron, Indiana; David Doak, Maine; Ed Davidian, Massachusetts; Denis Ward, New Hampshire; Daryl Lies, North Dakota; Harry Ott, South Carolina; Jeff Aiken, Tennessee; Ron Gibson, Utah; and Joe Tisbert, Vermont. Congratul...
  • 12/22/2015 12:29:43 PM
    Farm Bureau supports the actions of the U.S. in achieving a strong agreement on export competition and setting a new direction for agricultural trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization’s 10th Ministerial Conference, noted AFBF President Stallman in a statement. “Eliminating trade-distorting export subsidies and achieving disciplines on the use of export credits will lower agricultural trade barriers and strengthen U.S. agriculture’s ability to pursue market opportunities in interna...
  • 12/3/2015 10:26:04 AM
    A special episode of “America’s Heartland” has debuted! The episode features a Utah cattle drive with the Cox and Heaton families. Five guests help drive 200 cattle from lower elevations to summer grazing grounds just outside Bryce Canyon National Park. “America’s Heartland” is the only national television series celebrating and profiling the people, places and processes of American agriculture. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture provides production support for the series. Vi...
  • 12/3/2015 10:22:24 AM
    House and Senate negotiators on Tuesday announced an agreement on H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Many Farm Bureau priorities are included in the five-year reauthorization of the bill such as additional regulatory relief opportunities for covered farm vehicles and drivers. Also included is a provision that would undo the cuts to crop insurance in the two-year budget deal that was passed in October. The bill is expected to be on the House floor on Thursday. Co...
  • 12/3/2015 10:21:23 AM
    “Consumers are eager for more stories about their food,” writes AFBF President Bob Stallman in December’s Ag Agenda column. Further, “They want to know where each meal comes from and how it’s grown.” Food labels are helpful, but none can fully tell the story of American agriculture, Stallman notes. “That’s up to us farmers. We need to tell the story instead of letting others define who we are.”...
  • 12/3/2015 10:09:14 AM
    “A group of activists are angry and once again, they’re trying to force their views upon everyone else,” writes Ryan Goodman, a Farm Bureau member in Montana, on the Agriculture Proud Blog. He continues, “This time it surrounds a toy on Walmart shelves. If that’s not enough, they’re showing ignorance by calling it a slaughter toy, choosing to ignore the model’s many other uses in real life.” A petition on change.org is asking Walmart to remove the ERTL Big Farm 1:32 Peterbilt Model 579 Semi ...
  • 12/3/2015 10:02:57 AM
    The Food and Drug Administration’s rejection of petitions to the White House for mandatory labeling of GMOs is “a victory for consumers and farmers alike,” according to AFBF President Bob Stallman. “This administration has long been a champion for nutrition, and this action recognizes how biotechnology is changing the way we grow food — for the better,” Stallman said in a statement. Earlier this week, FDA also placed its stamp of approval on a genetically engineered animal product, AquAd...
  • 12/3/2015 10:01:02 AM
    Winter storms are an expected seasonal event, but an intense storm can still immobilize an entire region. Check out the frigid temperature and winter storm response products, services and resources on Grainger.com to help weather the season’s toughest conditions. All Farm Bureau Grainger.com orders qualify for free standard ground shipping. Use your state Farm Bureau’s unique account number to “Register Now” at Grainger.com, to shop at your local Grainger store or when calling Customer Suppor...
  • 12/3/2015 9:57:19 AM
    A $3 billion cut to crop insurance included in the Bipartisan Budget Act a few weeks ago remains in the agreement between House and Senate leadership and the administration. The agreement removes the 2014 farm bill requirement that Standard Reinsurance Agreements be budget neutral — a provision included to prevent the administration from cutting federal funding of the crop insurance program. The budget agreement also reduces the rate of return on retained premiums for crop insurers from 14.5 per...
  • 12/3/2015 9:56:09 AM
    Recent changes in Cuba’s foreign investment law and a shift in U.S.-Cuban relations have opened up new opportunities for American companies and trade sectors interested in doing business there. To further explore that topic, business and policy leaders will gather in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 3 for the Cuba Summit, a meeting hosted by The Economist. In addition to opportunities, the summit will also explore the challenges facing new entrants into the Cuban market. The full-day event will include...
  • 12/3/2015 9:53:09 AM
    The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has launched a new resource on its My American Farm educational site aimed at connecting students to the science of food and food production. “Food Science Fun” is a new guide that contains 10 activities related to food science. The guide is designed to equip volunteers and professional educators with powerful tools for facilitating a food science day camp, or activities at a fair, other special event or in the classroom. The resources cont...
  • 12/3/2015 9:51:31 AM
    The hardest-working, smoothest-riding Polaris off-road vehicle is here! The all-new RANGER EV Li-Ion Polaris Pursuit Camo is the industry’s first off-road vehicle powered by Lithium-Ion technology, offering more than three times the total battery lifespan of traditional acid batteries and more than twice the range on one charge – up to 50 miles. Farm Bureau members in participating states receive a $200 - $300 member discount on Polaris off-road vehicles....
  • 12/3/2015 9:47:20 AM
    The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance recently announced that four “Farmland” lesson plans are available at http://www.discoveringfarmland.com. The free science and social studies-based lesson plans were created in partnership with Discovery Education. Discovering Farmland provides high school students, educators and parents with standards-aligned lesson plans and interactive activities that explore concepts such as sustainability, technology and science. The new resources aim to stimul...
  • 12/3/2015 9:41:09 AM
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s final Renewable Fuel Standard volumes announced earlier this week remove stability from the program. For conventional ethanol, the EPA finalized the 2016 volume obligation at 14.5 billion gallons, up from the original proposal of 14 billion earlier this year, but lower than the 15 billion that’s required by law. AFBF’s Andrew Walmsley explained why Farm Bureau is disappointed with the decision in Tuesday’s Newsline. “The RFS was a market driver for inves...
  • 11/16/2015 11:21:24 AM
    A new website launched by AFBF offers farmers and ranchers critical information on the 2016 presidential candidates. The website highlights the industry’s perspective on the election and documents candidates’, as well as Farm Bureau’s, positions on key farming and ranching issues. “We want to make sure that candidates, campaigns, staff or members and others understand where Farm Bureau stands on the issues that are impacting farmers and ranchers, rural communities, as well as all of America,...
  • 11/16/2015 11:19:37 AM
    The Environmental Protection Agency recently published in the Federal Register a proposal to revoke all tolerances for chlorpyrifos. EPA’s action is in response to a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which ordered the agency to respond to an administrative petition to revoke all tolerances for the insecticide; that petition was originally filed with the agency by the Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups. Chlorpyrifos has been widely used for nearly 5...
  • 11/16/2015 11:18:17 AM
    A Washington Post article about the nation’s food system (“If GMOs Aren’t the Problem With Our Food System Then What Is?”) is thoughtful, balanced and objective. Quotes from AFBF President Bob Stallman are included. Stallman pointed out that farmers and ranchers have to be more engaged in the public debate about food. “We have to show up and have reasonable conversations in forums that we may not be most comfortable being in,” he said....
  • 11/16/2015 11:15:42 AM
    With the year quickly coming to end, farmers and ranchers continue to ask Congress to reinstate and make permanent a number of expired tax provisions that help improve the economic viability and stability of food, fiber and fuel production. Among those provisions are section 179 small business expensing and bonus depreciation, which farmers need to help them make business purchases while dealing with uncontrollable weather and unpredictable markets that farm profitability. Earlier this fall,...
  • 11/16/2015 11:13:35 AM
    Band of Farmers, a recent Focus on Agriculture column, explains that military veterans returning to civilian life can find the transition difficult, especially when it comes to employment. Mentoring by farmers through AFBF’s Patriot Project is a natural fit for many of our nation’s veterans. They are up for the challenges agriculture brings, according to Damon Helton, an army veteran mentee from Arkansas....
  • 11/16/2015 11:11:48 AM
    Last week the House approved H.R. 22, the long-term highway bill, by a vote of 363-64. The bill authorizes nearly $340 billion for highway and transit programs over six years. The bill must now be reconciled with a similar Senate bill before transportation policy expires on Nov. 20. The House amended the Senate passed long-term highway bill, H.R. 22, the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE), by inserting H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and...
  • 11/16/2015 11:11:11 AM
    Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) recently introduced H.R. 3932, the Ensuring Continued Operations and No Other Major Incidents, Closures, or Slowdowns (ECONOMICS) Act. This legislation would create new economic safeguards to prevent future port slowdowns such as one on the West Coast that devastated families, businesses and agriculture producers west of the Mississippi. The legislation puts in place specific “triggers,” so that when certain economic impacts surrounding...
  • 11/16/2015 10:54:57 AM
    The American Farm Bureau and a coalition of agricultural and builder groups today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that allows the Environmental Protection Agency to micromanage local land use and development decisions under the guise of implementing the federal Clean Water Act. The lower court’s ruling, according to the petition, “opens the door for a dramatic expansion of federal power” and must be overturned. The lawsuit arose in the context of EPA’s so-called “...
  • 11/16/2015 10:53:01 AM
    The Senate on Wednesday voted 53-44 to pass a resolution to disapprove the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule. The resolution, introduced by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) in September, now heads to the House for consideration, although the White House has already issued a veto threat to all WOTUS efforts. Because the measure was a resolution considered under provisions of the Congressional Review Act, it only required a simple majority, rather than 60 votes, to advance....
  • 11/5/2015 12:55:10 PM
    The Senate on Tuesday failed to secure the 60 votes needed to advance to a full debate on a bill that would put in check the EPA and its attempt to broaden the definition of Waters of the U.S. "While the effort to send the flawed Waters of the U.S. rule back to the drawing board fell a few votes short, we applaud members of the U.S. Senate who today stood up for farmers and ranchers," American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said in a statement. "While we are disappointed in the...
  • 11/5/2015 12:41:01 PM
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s final Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2014 through 2016 were sent to the Office of Management and Budget on Oct. 30. EPA proposed requiring refiners to blend 14 billion gallons of corn ethanol for 2016, short of the 15 billion gallons called for under the RFS. EPA is also slashing the overall renewable fuel blending requirements below what Congress prescribed under the RFS. EPA is proposing blending mandates for renewable fuels overall at 15.93 billi...
  • 11/5/2015 12:39:14 PM
    On Sept. 10, the FDA announced the highly anticipated final rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Preventive Controls for Human Food and the Preventive Controls for Animal Food. Thanks to input provided by industry organizations, the final rules reflect some major victories for the feed industry....
  • 11/5/2015 12:36:56 PM
    Calling Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a faithful friend of farmers and ranchers in his time in Congress, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said the organization looks forward to working closely with the newly elected speaker of the House and his leadership team to move the policy and fiscal reforms important to agriculture forward. "We have repeatedly called for pragmatism and bipartisan cooperation in Washington, and our new speaker has a record of delivering just those things,"...
  • 11/5/2015 12:34:46 PM
    Congress last week passed an extension for the Positive Train Control implementation deadline and could also include it in a long-term highway funding bill. Andrew Walmsley, AFBF’s transportation specialist, explained what the extension means for agriculture in Tuesday’s Newsline. “Without the extension of the PTC deadline, fertilizer production would have been the first impact that would have been noticeable to agriculture,” he said. If railcars had been embargoed by the railroads, fertiliz...
  • 11/5/2015 12:30:21 PM
    Who gets things done just the way you like them? Who does the best job? Who can you always count on to deliver? In answering these questions, deep down, many of us may feel we do things best, we do it right, and no one else can do it better! While that may be true — at least for certain activities and tasks — there is some finite limit on what we can accomplish as individuals. And, we may be just a bit biased when it comes to the “quality” of our own work....
  • 11/5/2015 12:28:14 PM
    Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), recently introduced a bill that makes significant changes to the H-2B non-agricultural visa program. The bill would allow employers to use private wage surveys to determine payment to H-2B visa workers and would give exclusive authority to the Department of Homeland Security “to issue rules and final determinations with respect to the visa program for H-2B non-immigrants.” In addition, the bi...
  • 10/28/2015 12:44:21 PM
    The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer recently released a report suggesting processed meats and red meats pose a low risk of cancer. In Tuesday’s Newsline, Trudy Wastweet, AFBF director of congressional relations, explained that doesn’t mean meats should be excluded from a well-balanced diet. “There are a lot of positive benefits for those meat products, we know they can be part of a healthy and balanced diet and we know that folks are really loyal to th...
  • 10/28/2015 12:42:39 PM
    Farmers and ranchers see tremendous benefits with technology, but can't turn a blind eye to the privacy concerns that remain, Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst told the House Agriculture Committee...
  • 10/28/2015 12:40:50 PM
    The House on Tuesday approved legislation giving rail roads an additional three years to implement positive train control, a key step toward avoiding a nationwide Class I rail shutdown. The PTC provision was part of a bill (H.R. 3819) extending soon-to-expire surface transportation programs through Nov. 20. With the highway authorizations set to expire on Oct. 29, the Senate is expected to approve the measure, including the PTC extension, this week. Positive train control is a GPS-based trai...
  • 10/28/2015 12:39:27 PM
    The role that immigration reform has played in the presidential race over the past few months, combined with Speaker of the House John Boehner’s announcement that he is retiring from Congress, will continue to keep lawmakers bottled up on this issue. Immigration reform simply is not going to happen this year, according to AFBF analysts and political pundits....
  • 10/28/2015 12:38:36 PM
    Classes on proper pesticide application and handling for commercial, non-commercial and private applicators are scheduled for various times and locations throughout Utah. The classes are taught by the Utah State University Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food....
  • 10/27/2015 12:32:03 PM
    Meat groups were quick to react on Monday to news that the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer pronounced some meat products as “probable” carcinogens. “Meat scientists agree that it is unrealistic to isolate a single food as a cause of cancer from a complex dietary pattern further confounded by lifestyle and environmental factors,” said the National Beef Board. The North American Meat Institute suggested that members of the panel sought a predetermined fin...

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