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House Committee to Consider Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017


Legislation would require greater transparency in federal agency communications about pending regulatory actions

SUU student makes Final Four at National YF&R collegiate discussion meet


SUU student makes Final Four at National YF&R collegiate discussion meet

Farm Bureau Hails Pruitt Confirmation


The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Celebrating National FFA Week


Utah Farm Bureau congratulates FFA Chapters throughout the state for their many contributions to the future of agriculture.

House Passes Resolution to Halt BLM Planning Rule


The House recently approved a Farm Bureau-supported resolution (H.J. Res. 44) to stop an Obama administration rule that would weaken the influence of local and regional officials on Bureau of Land Management decisions.

The Buzz on Endangered Species Act Reform


While the FWS claims the listing will help protect the bee species, what does the first-ever addition of a bee species in the continental U.S. to the endangered species list mean?

Farm Bureau-Supported Farm Regulatory Certainty Act Introduced


The recently introducedFarm Regulatory Certainty Act, H.R. 848, would provide clarity to the law and to assure that agricultural nutrients are not subject to RCRA’s provisions.

Farm Bureau Member Shares About Technology and Land Use


A soybean farmer shared during a Food Tank forum last week how she uses new technology to use her land more efficiently.

Final Horse Protection Act Regulations Announced, But Not Official


The Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced a final rule last month that would amend regulations under the Horse Protection Act.

Let's Get Poppin'


An activity all about corn.

Ideas for County Ag Promotion Events


Consumer Engagement Resource Guide

Could the New Arctic Apple Positively Change the Public’s Perception of GMOs?


Iowa farmer Michelle Miller explores whether the new, non-browning Arctic Apple and if it could change the public’s perception of GMOs.

3 Things Immigration Reform Is Not


Immigration is the story of America. It’s the story of my family, and I’d wager it’s the story of yours. But when we lose sight of this, it’s easy to muddy the waters of an already complex issue, forget what it’s actually about, and focus instead on what it isn’t.

Video Highlights Importance of Agriculture, Engagement for AFBF President Duvall


Farmers and ranchers are united in the fact that, like Duvall, agriculture for them is a passion and a life calling.

What do Farmers and Ranchers do During Winter?


“What do Farmers and Ranchers do During Winter?” is a new American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture blog post by Sara Bray, a Colorado rancher.

Utah Farm Bureau Lists ‘Issues to Watch For in 2017’


List includes priority areas for 2017 Utah legislative session

Dairy farmers encouraged to take the survey on dairy risk management tools


The American Farm Bureau Federation has created a short online survey to assess farmer use of dairy risk management tools and interest in the development of a new dairy insurance product.

Immigration Executive Orders Could Affect Agriculture


Farm Bureau is evaluating how two executive orders signed last week by President Donald Trump on border security and illegal immigration enforcement might affect farmer’s access to workers.

Estate Tax Repeal Bills Would Help Family Farmers


A pair of estate tax repeal bills introduced in Congress would help farm and ranch families overcome the challenges of passing their family businesses to the next generation

New Bill Would Help Rein in Health Insurance Costs


A recently introduced bill to help lower health insurance costs for small business owners has the backing of farmers and ranchers.

Administration must do all possible to grow new markets for agriculture, AFBF’s Duvall says


With President Donald Trump’s executive action to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, "it is critical that the new administration begin work immediately to do all it can to develop new markets for U.S. agricultural goods and to protect and advance U.S. agricultural interests in the critical Asia-Pacific region.”

New Administration Must Begin Work Immediately to Develop New Markets for U.S. Ag Goods


The new administration must begin work immediately to develop new markets for U.S. agricultural goods and to protect and advance U.S. farmers’ and ranchers’ interests in the critical Asia-Pacific region.

Farm Bureau Strongly Endorses Perdue for USDA


The nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture is welcome news to the nation’s farmers and ranchers

Grocery shopping trends will have big impacts on agriculture


Grocery shopping is changing dramatically, to meet the needs of consumers whose demographics, lifestyles, desires and consumption trends are radically different than those of the 20th century “golden age” of supermarkets.

Farmers and Ranchers Unite on Regulatory Reform


Farmers and ranchers are ready for a common-sense, bipartisan approach when it comes to federal regulations and rulemaking

National Monument decisions require greater oversight


Farm Bureau has spearheaded a coalition with vital interests in protecting the multiple uses of the nation’s public lands, urging President Trump improve accountability and transparency in the designation of national monuments.

Farm Bureau President to Congress: Slash Regulations, Reform Immigration/Ag Labor


American Farm Bureau members recently asked Congress to pass sweeping reform of regulations that burden the lives of farmers and ranchers.

Foundation for Agriculture Announces 10th ‘Book of the Year’


The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its 10th “Book of the Year” award to Eugenie Doyle for “Sleep Tight Farm.”

EPA’s Worker Protection Rule Takes Effect, Despite Petition by AFBF, NASDA


The Environmental Protection Agency has moved ahead with the Jan. 1 start date of its worker protection safety rule, despite a request for a delay from AFBF and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

USDA Notes Surprises in Recent Hogs and Pigs Report


Despite pork prices that have been falling for a while, the fall pig crop was the highest on record and the number of pigs-per-litter was also at an all-time high, according to the Agriculture Department’s latest Hogs and Pigs Report.

Ohio Farmer Combats Animal Care Misconceptions Through Dairy Tours


Frustrated with the misconceptions that plague the public’s perception of farming and ranching, fourth-generation Ohio farmer Brenda Hastings opened her family farm to tours.

Purple Plow Challenge Makes Learning Fun


The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has launched a fun, new online platform for middle-school educators highlighting makerspace education.

Farm Bureau Strongly Endorses Pruitt for EPA


The American Farm Bureau Federation has formally endorsed the nomination of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Farm Bureau Econ Team Delivers December 2016 Crop Market Update


The latest crop market report reviews the Agriculture Department’s long-term agricultural projections and what the numbers mean for commodity prices and farm revenue.

USTR Begins Action Against EU Beef Restrictions


The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has started a process for action against the European Union’s restrictions on U.S. beef imports.

Farm Bureau Anticipating Regulatory Reforms Under New Congress


In early January, lawmakers are likely to consider legislation that would reform the rulemaking process for federal agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency.

Major Ag Policy Discussions Coming in 2017


Farm Bureau expects agricultural policy discussions to begin early on during the upcoming legislative session.

American Agriculture Brings People Together over the Holidays


Christmas and other December holidays are steeped in a variety of traditions, but perhaps there is no other time of the year when celebrations revolve so strongly around U.S. agricultural products and thoughts of farm life.

Farmers United in Our Resolve for Reform in 2017


In his January 2017 Beyond the Fencerows column, AFBF President Zippy Duvall reflects on the past year and looks ahead to 2017.

Farm Bureau, NASDA Seek Delay of Unlawful EPA Rule


The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to delay the January 2017 start date of its worker protection safety rule.

American Farm Bureau Appoints New National Committee Members


The American Farm Bureau Federation has appointed farmer and rancher members to the organization’s Promotion & Education and Young Farmers & Ranchers Committees.

 U.S. Farmers: GMO Crops Help Reduce Inputs and Enhance Conservation


New survey from U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance and National Corn Growers Association finds protecting the environment as a top concern for today's farmers.

Statement by Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Nomination of Ryan Zinke to Interior


Statement by Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Nomination of Ryan Zinke to Interior

Time to Put Your Machine out to Pasture?


Participating Farm Bureau members in eligible states save $300 to $500 per unit on Case IH tractors, bailers and more!

Juab County family wins Utah Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture award


The Excellence in Agriculture award is a competition that was initiated a number of years ago to recognize young farmers and ranchers involved in agriculture, but who do not necessarily derive a majority of their income from an owned production agriculture operation.

Wasatch County farmer wins Utah Farm Bureau Discussion Meet


The Discussion Meet contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant.

Box Elder County farmer wins ‘Advocate for Agriculture’ award


The ‘Advocate for Agriculture’ award is designed to recognize one Farm Bureau woman each year for her outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of Farm Bureau and agriculture.

Washington County farmer wins Utah Farm Bureau Achievement award


The Achievement Award is a competition that recognizes those young farmers and ranchers that have excelled in their farming or ranching operations and honed their leadership abilities to superiority.

EPA Finalizes Increase in Renewable Fuel Volumes


Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard program

Utah Farm Bureau Members Elect Farm and Ranch leaders at Annual Convention in Layton


Members from Utah’s 28 County Farm Bureaus met recently in Layton to select leaders for the state’s largest farming and ranching organization.

Attention Turning to 2018 Farm Bill


Farmers and ranchers are pushing for an early start to farm bill negotiations and Dr. Bob Young, AFBF’s chief economist, explained in Tuesday’s Newsline that discussions have already started at the grassroots level.

Farm Bill Friday – Commodity Programs


Farmer and rancher members are invited to help AFBF prioritize different options to improve the farm bill while also recognizing the likely budgetary challenges.

What a Trump Administration Means for Agriculture


The Wall Street Journal recently wrote about the implications of a Trump administration for agriculture.

 Jerrold Richins Named 2016 Utah Leopold Conservation Award® Recipient


Jerrold Richins of Summit County has been named the winner of the 2016 Leopold Conservation Award in Utah

Speaking a Little Louder to Food Companies


Food companies and retailers face tremendous pressure to respond to consumer expectations on issues like animal care, environmental protection and the healthfulness and safety of products

USFRA Announces New Faces of Farming & Ranching


The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance announced its new Faces of Farming & Ranching at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City recently

Have you heard of the Three Sisters or a Three Sisters garden?


The Three Sisters Garden is a kind of companion planting; corn, beans and squash are grown at the same time in the same growing area.

Important Issues Facing American Agriculture are Not Red or Blue


The important issues facing American agriculture are not red or blue, but they are critical to the prosperity of rural America and our ability to protect our nation’s food supply. We urge our elected representatives to reach across the aisle and come together to resolve the challenges we face.

How Did That Get on My Thanksgiving Plate?


“How Did That Get on My Thanksgiving Plate?” is an American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture post that explains how several popular Thanksgiving foods travel from farm to fork.

Utah Farm Bureau Federation Calendar


Calendar of Events--The Voice of Agriculture--Utah Farm Bureau

Thanksgiving Dinner Ticks Down to Less Than $5 Per Person


The American Farm Bureau Federation's 31st annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $49.87, a 24-cent decrease from last year's average of $50.11.

Government and Industry Groups Ask Court to Overturn EPA Water Rule


The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with dozens of agricultural, business and municipal entities, today asked a federal court to vacate the EPA's and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' "Waters of the United States" rule.

EPA Names Agricultural Science Committee for Science Advisory Board


The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced members of the Agricultural Science Committee of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board.

Immigration Reform Critical for Agriculture


In a recent Newsline, Carlos Castañeda, a farm labor contractor and Farm Bureau member in California, emphasized that immigration reform is critical to America’s ability to produce food and the time for action is now.

Oversight Committee Report Finds Politicization of WOTUS Rulemaking


Late last week the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report and findings from its two-year investigation into the Waters of the U.S. rulemaking process.

Trade Agreements Matter to U.S. Agriculture


In this wild and wooly election year international trade agreements, especially the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership, have come under political fire. It’s hardly the first time.

Streamlined Biotech Approvals by China Critical for U.S. Agriculture


Farm Bureau, along with U.S. House representatives, is urging the administration to remain firm in its efforts to see China establish a transparent, predictable and practical approach to approving biotechnology traits for import.

EPA ‘How to Comply’ Manual Covers Worker Protection Standard


The Environmental Protection Agency has released an updated manual designed to assist individuals and growers in complying with the Worker Protection Standard.

New Video for Sharing: TPP is Good for Agriculture and America


On Thursday, AFBF launched a new, animated video highlighting the need for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Farm Bureau Files Atrazine Comments


The American Farm Bureau has filed comments to the EPA draft ecological assessment of the widely used herbicide atrazine.

Trump Reaches Out to Farm Bureau Board


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump placed a call Wednesday afternoon to American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall and AFBF’s board of directors during the group’s October meeting

Farm Bureau Leaders and Members: Urge Congress to Ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership


Farm Bureau leaders and members across the country are encouraged to urge members of Congress to support and ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement when it comes up for a vote.

The Unbelievable Reality of Regulation


When the elections are over and Congress returns to work, it’s time for regulatory reform.

5 Family Fun Fall Activities


Have you checked out “5 Family Fun Fall Activities,” the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s latest blog post?

House Approves Packers & Stockyards Act Modernization; Senate Companion Bill Introduced


The bill expand Packers & Stockyards Act definitions to include the use of Internet and video auctions and updates payment methods to include the use of electronic fund transfers.

Huge Victory Tallied for Ag Retailers


The D.C. Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Administrative Procedures Act.

Urban Ag Act of 2016 Favored by Farm Bureau


The Urban Ag Act of 2016 provides technical assistance, research and loan support for urban farmers. It also establishes some mentorship programming between rural and urban farmers.

Case IH Updates Large Square Baler Lineup


Eligible Farm Bureau members in participating states can save $500 on large square balers and $300 on small square balers and round balers.

Egg, Dairy and Chicken Prices Down, Beef Too


Lower retail prices for several foods, including eggs, whole milk, cheddar cheese, chicken breast, sirloin tip roast and ground chuck resulted in a decrease in AFBF’s Fall Harvest Marketbasket Survey.

EPA Violated Personal Privacy of Farmers, Ranchers


The Environmental Protection Agency has violated the personal privacy of tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers, according to a unanimous ruling issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Outstanding Farmers Sought for Farmer of the Year Contest


Farmers’ Almanac, in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, is searching for three farmers or ranchers to be recognized as “Farmers’ Almanac Farmer of the Year.

Ag Looking for Changes in 2018 Farm Bill


Agriculture organizations across the country are already turning their attention to the development of the 2018 farm bill. AFBF is putting together some early policy ideas in anticipation of testimony before the House and Senate Ag Committees as early as next spring.

What is a Factory Farm?


Wanda Patsche, a blogger for Minnesota Farm Living, addresses the question “What is a Factory Farm?” in a guest blog post for the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

Industry Groups Ask High Court to Review Clean Water Rule Appeal Venue


Organizations seeking to vacate the Environmental Protection Agency’s and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ expansive “Waters of the U.S.” rule are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether the 6th Circuit Court is the appropriate court to hear challenges to the rule.

Working to Build Bridges to Promising Markets


Farm Bureau is working every day to build bridges to promising markets abroad, to tear down the barriers that shut U.S. exports out of foreign markets, and to secure a brighter future where international commerce generates economic growth and job creation at home.

Senate Ag Committee Taking up Forest Management Legislation


The bill simplifies environmental process requirements, reduces project planning times and reduces the cost of implementing forest management projects while still ensuring robust protection of the environment.

2016 Farm Income Decline – But…


Farm income is going to be lower in 2016 than it was in 2015; however, a recent report suggests there are adjustments underway on the cost side that make good sense in our current environment.

Reuters Coverage of Pollinators and Pesticides Closes With Farm Bureau Viewpoint


Reuters gave Farm Bureau the last word in its nuanced coverage of pollinators and pesticides in a recent article.

FAA Drone Regulation Will Benefit Agriculture


A final rule released by the Federal Aviation Administration recently allows for the commercial use of unmanned aerial systems, otherwise known as drones.

Farm Bureau Urges Support for the Extension of Expiring Tax Provisions


Taxpayers can currently claim a deduction for medical expenses that exceed 10 percent of their adjusted gross incomes. The bill would reduce the threshold to 7.5 percent. According to Farm Bureau policy, 100 percent of a person’s health, dental, disability and long-term care insurance should be deductible.

Hit the Easy Button for Ag Education Resources


The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture wants to be the easy button for educators and volunteers when it comes to ag education resources.

Farm Bureau Urges Support for Tax Incentives for Power from Biogas


The legislation would provide a 30-percent investment tax credit to incentivize investments in biogas digesters and nutrient recovery systems. Tax incentives provided by the bills will help farmers manage the upfront capital costs of installing this new and often expensive technology.

Time to Push for TPP


A top U.S. trade official said in a recent Newsline that now is the time for farmers to press their lawmakers to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

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The American Farm Bureau Federation’s twice-monthly FBNews e-newsletter provides the latest on the national legislation and regulations important to you, as well as news about innovative county and state Farm Bureau programs and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. To sign-up, go to

Farm Bureau Partners With Drone World Expo to Bring Farmers to November Event


AFBF and several other leading groups whose members are commercial drone users are partnering with the Drone World Expo.

Is Ag the Answer to STEM?


STEM is a hot topic in education these days, but moving forward with purposeful STEM instruction is easier said than done. Dr. Kristopher Elliott, addresses how agriculture may be the answer to bringing STEM instruction into context for students.

Farm Bureau's Moore Talks TPP on NPR’s ‘Marketplace’


In an interview with NPR’s “Marketplace,” Dale Moore, AFBF’s executive director of public policy, explained why farmers and ranchers are so anxious for Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Huffington Post Article Addresses Ag Labor Crisis, Cites AFBF, President Duvall


An in-depth Huffington Post article discussing agriculture’s labor crisis quotes AFBF President Zippy Duvall’s warning about the crossroads the U.S. has come to.

Picking the Perfect Sweet Corn Ear


When looking for a great ear of sweet corn, feel the cob; check the girth of the cob itself and the tip. A tip that has more girth means the ear of corn has had enough time to mature and the sugars in the kernel are developed

Farm Bureau Supports Antiquities Act Revisions


The American Farm Bureau Federation recently shared with House and Senate leaders the organization’s support for congressional revisions of the Antiquities Act to require that any presidential national monument proclamation be subject to National Environmental Policy Act review and congressional approval.