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U.S. Dairy and NAFTA

6/25/2017

The NAFTA agreement series continues our focus on commodities with a look at trade in dairy and dairy products.

What’s a Millennial in the Produce Aisle to Do?

6/24/2017

"Whether it's conventional or organic, I trust the quality of American grown produce."

‘Our Food Link’ Grants Help Farmers and Ranchers Connect with Consumers

6/23/2017

Five Farm Bureaus were selected from a competitive pool of applicants to each receive a $500 grant from the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Program to help fund “Our Food Link” projects.

Four Ways to be a Farm Bureau Challenge Super Hero to the Judges

6/22/2017

Even with a diversity of business ideas, common threads have emerged as judges discussed things they like and didn’t like about Farm Bureau Challenge applications over the past few years.

China Offers Market Potential for U.S. Beef

6/22/2017

The American Farm Bureau Federation says the reopening of China to U.S. beef provides great market potential for U.S. agriculture.

An Offal Lot of Potential

6/21/2017

Mexico and Japan are the top two destinations for offal. The U.S. ships almost all offal produced overseas.

Bloomberg: Trump’s Cuba Moves May Chill Long-Sought U.S. Farm Export Push

6/20/2017

Cooling in trade relations with Cuba could result in the nation purchasing agricultural goods elsewhere.

Farm Bureau Praises USDA's Perdue for Dialogue with Ag Neighbors

6/19/2017

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will host Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada Rovirosa in Savannah, Georgia, for a trilateral meeting as well as other joint events.

Federal and State Agencies Asking for Help in Preventing Wildfires

6/19/2017

Here are some general safety tips that can help prevent wildfire, keep families safe, protect resources, and not put fire fighters lives at unnecessary risk.

Wall Street Journal: Ultrafiltered Milk Sparks a U.S.-Canada Trade Battle

6/18/2017

American Farm Bureau Federation’s John Newton was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on trade relations between the U.S. and Canada.

Conservation Starts with Farmers and Ranchers

6/17/2017

Author and Environmental Defense Fund staffer Miriam Horn says farmers and ranchers are the starting point of conservation and good stewardship.

AFBF Submits NAFTA Comments to USTR

6/17/2017

The American Farm Bureau Federation says the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement should protect and improve agricultural trade.

House Passes Pesticide Application Fix Legislation

6/16/2017

The House recently approved a Farm Bureau-supported bill clarifying congressional intent regarding regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters.

Trump’s Regulatory Rollback No Help for Farmer Facing $2.8M Fine for Plowing Own Land

6/15/2017

American Farm Bureau Federation’s Ellen Steen was quoted in a recent Fox News article about the regulatory struggles farmers face

Farm Bureau's Duvall Praises Selection of Hazlett for Rural Development

6/14/2017

AFBF’s Duvall Praises Selection of Hazlett for Rural Development

Kansas Farmers’ Story Featured on Nightly Business Report Segment

6/13/2017

Kansas farmer Derek Sawyer appeared on a recent Nightly Business Report segment about possible federal budget cuts to agriculture.

Corn and Soybean Supply and Demand Projections Largely Unchanged

6/12/2017

On June 30, 2017, USDA will release the highly anticipated Acreage report, which provides the first survey-based estimate of crop plantings and expected harvest

Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act Awaits Senate Action

6/12/2017

The House recently passed the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, which would eliminate duplicate regulations relating to pesticide applications.

What Would the Border Adjustability Tax Mean for Ag?

6/12/2017

Farm Bureau tax specialist explains the proposed border adjustability tax would change the way the U.S. taxes corporations and its impact on agriculture

Bill Would Help Farmers Improve Irrigation Systems

6/11/2017

Passage of the Water and Agriculture Tax Reform Act of 2017 would help farmers and ranchers more efficiently operate mutual ditch, irrigation and water companies

Farm Bureau Confident Congress Will Fully Fund Agriculture

6/9/2017

Congress will now get to work on amending and adjusting budget figures sent by the president.

House Passes Pesticide Application Fix Legislation

6/8/2017

Recently, the House approved a Farm Bureau-supported bill clarifying congressional intent regarding regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters.

Comments Sought on Secretary Perdue’s Plan to Reorganize USDA

6/8/2017

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced reorganization plans for the USDA, and the secretary is asking for input on his proposal.

Farm Bureau Asks Senate Committee to Advance EPA Nominee Susan Bodine

6/8/2017

Farm Bureau has asked leadership of a Senate committee to advance EPA nominee Susan Bodine

Share Secretary Ryan Zinke Appoints Utah's Greg Sheehan as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

6/8/2017

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recently announced the appointment of Greg Sheehan to the newly-created position of Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A great place to start on tax reform

5/31/2017

Tax reforms certainly are needed to ensure we are encouraging economic activity and growth

AFBF Asks Administration to Withdraw Proposed Changes to Estate Tax Discount Valuation

5/29/2017

Proposed changes “would significantly endanger the future of family farms in America

Farm Bureau members encouraged to share opinions on the use of the Antiquities Act

5/24/2017

Farm Bureau members encouraged to share opinions on the use of the Antiquities Act for declaration of National Monuments with the Secretary of the Interior

Stop federal water extortion, Farm Bureau says

5/17/2017

Land managers in the West increasingly demand that ranchers who work federal land surrender their water rights to the government or get off the range

Farm Bureau Applauds EPA’s Water Rule Outreach

5/12/2017

AFBF President Zippy Duvall praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to collaborate closely with governors regarding revision of the Waters of the United States rule.

EPA Asks States for Input on New WOTUS Rule

5/10/2017

The Environmental Protection Agency is asking states to share with the agency what they think a new rule should look like

New Bill Would Help Get More Vets Practicing in Shortage Areas

5/7/2017

A recently introduced bill to increase grants that encourage veterinarians to practice in veterinary shortage areas has the support of AFBF.

Record-High Cheese Stocks Weigh on Milk Prices, But Should They?

5/7/2017

For American-style cheese and butter, these March inventory levels are the highest levels since 1984 and 1993, respectively.

The Future of Farming Machinery

5/5/2017

Eligible Farm Bureau members in participating states can print a certificate for up to $2,500 off select Cat machines

WOTUS Withdrawal Notice sent to OMB

5/4/2017

Farm Bureau supports the EPA’s effort to withdraw the 2015 rule and replace it with one that conforms to the limits approved by Congress and affirmed by the Supreme Court.

Farm Income Could See Slight Increase in 2017

5/4/2017

Farm income could see a slight increase this year, compared to 2016.

It’s Time to Bury the Death Tax…Permanently!

5/4/2017

Farm Bureau believes that the estate taxes should be permanently eliminated. It’s time to bury the death tax for good.

Americans Say Agriculture is Sustainable, Favor Incentives Over Regs

4/30/2017

Sustainability: From the notion of a modern farm or ranch being economically able to sustain a family, to the idea of working with the land in a manner that supports food and fiber production for future generations, the word means different things to different people.

Regulatory Reform Underway at EPA

4/25/2017

The Environmental Protection Agency recently submitted a Federal Register notice to solicit public comments on agency regulations.

Farm Bureau Selects New Partners in Advocacy Leadership Class

4/23/2017

An outstanding group of young farm and ranch leaders have been selected by AFBF as the organization’s ninth Partners in Advocacy Leadership class.

Farmers and Ranchers Need a Simple, Fair Tax Code

4/20/2017

Congress can’t change the weather, but it can do a lot to improve the climate for running a farm or ranch. Farmers and ranchers grow food, fuel and fiber in a world of uncertainty. We need a tax code that recognizes the unique financial challenges we face, and we need flexibility to run and expand our businesses.

Southern Women's Retreat

4/19/2017

Come join women from around the state for a rejuvenating and inspiring retreat in St. George hosted by the Women's Committee.

 Leopold Conservation Award® Program Seeks Utah Nominees

4/17/2017

Sand County Foundation, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Western AgCredit and the Utah Cattlemen’s Association, are accepting applications for the 2017 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Utah farmers and ranchers who demonstrate exemplary stewardship and management of natural resources.

Northern Women's Retreat

4/17/2017

Come join women from around the state for a rejuvenating and inspiring retreat in Provo hosted by the Women's Committee.

Waste Wool Works Wonders

4/16/2017

A Utah sheep ranchers looks to boost revenue for sheep ranchers everywhere, as well as innovate a new product with a previously discarded resource

Need some BOUNCE in your step? Try the cherry with MORE

4/13/2017

While the harvest of tart cherries is still months away, this fruit with a pucker factor can be enjoyed year-round and increasing research shows the health benefits are perfect for recovering athletes – no matter if you’re a chiseled endurance athlete or simply a weekend warrior that looks forward to putting the next sticker on your vehicles bumper.

How Will We Sustainably Feed 9 Billion People by the Year 2050?

4/12/2017

Journey 2050, a new game offered by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, aims to address this question by allowing students to experience agriculture in a whole new way.

Bloomberg: White House Tries to Calm Agriculture Concerns About Trade Policy

4/11/2017

A Bloomberg BNA article about the Trump administration’s work on trade policy mentions AFBF’s opposition to U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Pasture to Plate: How beef is raised

4/10/2017

As ranchers, we understand the privilege it is to grow food for others to eat. There are many different opinions on how food should be raised. Here are some of the things we’ve been asked about in raising beef.

EPA Chief: Agency Will be States’ Partner in Addressing Environmental Issues

4/8/2017

In an exclusive interview with AFBF, Pruitt said the WOTUS repeal is ushering in a new era at EPA, one in which states have primacy and private property owners have certainty.

Interactive Map Shows Impact of Immigration

4/7/2017

A new map created by AFBF’s partner the New American Economy shows the contributions immigrants are making to the U.S. economy.

Farmers, Ranchers Ask Congress to Strengthen Safety Net

4/6/2017

Farm Bureau and 11 other farm and ranch groups recently asked congressional budget and appropriations committees to increase funding for farm programs in the 2018 farm bill.

Farm Bureau Launches Market Intel Reports

4/6/2017

The American Farm Bureau Federation announces the launch of Market Intel, a new series of market intelligence reports

Where Does Soup Come From?

4/5/2017

While we can go pick up a can of soup from our local grocery store, that’s not where it started!

Fast Take! The Dirty Dozen: Wash, Rinse, Eat and Repeat

4/4/2017

helpful insights to consider using when responding to blog posts and articles about the Environmental Working Group’s latest annual “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables it claims have the “highest pesticide loads

General Mills: Farmers are Crucial Partners for Us

4/3/2017

Farm Bureau was recently featured in a General Mills’ blog post

Farm Bureau Urges Senate to Confirm Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary This Week

4/2/2017

Farm Bureau and National Grain and Feed Association today joined in calling on the U.S. Senate to confirm Sonny Perdue as USDA secretary this week

Rural Infrastructure Key to Driving U.S. Economy

4/2/2017

Rural America is hopeful that President Trump’s promised infrastructure improvements begin with the rural roads that helped carry him to the White House.

How and Where to Help with Wildfire Relief

4/1/2017

Here is how to help folks in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas who have lost livestock, equipment, homes and lives in this spring’s huge round of wildfires

Take the Health Insurance in Agriculture Survey

3/31/2017

Farmers and ranchers are invited to complete a survey about their experiences with health insurance and how it relates to their family’s health and the farm business.

Virtual Reality Video Connects Consumers to Farming

3/30/2017

A new virtual reality video shows consumers what it’s like working on a farm.

Farm Bureau Applauds Law to Restore Local Control of Federal Lands

3/29/2017

We are pleased that Congress passed and President Trump signed a law to overturn the flawed ‘Planning 2.0’ rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management.

CNN Money Quotes AFBF’s Boswell on Need for Legal and Stable Workforce

3/29/2017

A CNN Money article on a merit-based immigration system under the Trump administration quoted AFBF’s Kristi Boswell.

Judge Approves Settlement to Protect Farmers’ Privacy

3/28/2017

The American Farm Bureau and the National Pork Producers Council have closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s release of farmer and rancher personal information

Local food microgrant program accepting applications

3/28/2017

Urban Food Connections of Utah is pleased to offer a limited number of micro-grant opportunities for commercial farming establishments dedicated primarily to the production of fruits and vegetables using ecologically sustainable agricultural methods.

National Public Radio: Farmers Fight Environmental Regulations

3/28/2017

AFBF’s Don Parrish explained American agriculture’s fight against environmental regulations.

Women in Ag: Adventure and Opportunity

3/24/2017

In “Women in Ag: Adventure and Opportunity,” this week’s Focus on Ag column, Katie Heger wrote, “Even though men are most often pictured as the faces of farming, women are actually the fastest-growing group in agriculture. We play a vital role on our family farms, and are active in the food and agriculture conversation.”

Farmers and Ranchers Ready for Action in 2017

3/23/2017

Farmers breathed a collective sigh of relief with President Trump’s executive order to withdraw the WOTUS rule, but we know the work is far from over on these and other issues facing America’s farmland

Farm Bureau Member Discusses ACA with President Donald Trump

3/22/2017

Brittany Ivey, a Georgia Farm Bureau member who chairs the Stephens County Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, was invited to participate in a discussion on the impact of the Affordable Care Act at the White House last week.

Finding Answers about Food

3/19/2017

Informative websites that answer questions about how your food is grown.

Host a Farm Tour

3/16/2017

Ideas on how to host a farm tour

How to get the most out of your Farm Bureau membership

3/15/2017

Here are a few tips on how to get the best “bang for your buck” when it comes to your Farm Bureau membership

Consumer Engagement Strategic Goals

3/15/2017

Connecting with consumers

JOEL & BECCA FERRY

3/15/2017

Joel & Becca Ferry represent District 3 on the state Ag Promotions Committee.

SUSAN FURNER

3/15/2017

Ag Promotion Committee Coordinator

BRAD AND JENNY OSGUTHORPE

3/15/2017

The Osguthorpes represent District 4 on the state Ag Promotions Committee

MATT and LENA LEAK

3/15/2017

Ag Promotion Committee--District 1

POLICY ISSUES RESEARCH COMMITTEES (PIRCs)

3/15/2017

PIRCs lead to stronger Farm Bureau policy.

Governor’s office expands to assist in public lands issues

3/14/2017

Legal Counsel for the Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office or PLPCO was created through the legislature to give the PLPCO office greater access to public lands counties.

Farmers, Ranchers Ask Congress to Strengthen Safety Net

3/14/2017

The American Farm Bureau Federation and 11 other farm and ranch groups today asked congressional budget and appropriations committees to increase funding for farm programs in the 2018 farm bill.

Merger of Secure Ag Data Repositories a Game Changer

3/11/2017

Two pioneers in agricultural big data have merged their technology repositories.

Washington State Professor Finds Sky-high Opportunities for Drones in Agriculture

3/10/2017

Many farmers and ranchers are already benefitting from drone technology

Play It Safe with Grainger’s Personal Protection Equipment

3/9/2017

Prioritize health and safety on the farm or ranch with personal protection equipment from Grainger.

What Pruitt Hopes to Achieve as Head of EPA

3/8/2017

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told AFBF last week that he wants to ensure the EPA follows statutes set by Congress.

Farm Bureau Encourages House to Pass Regulatory Transparency Bill

3/8/2017

Farm Bureau is calling on the House to approve legislation that would ensure both the public and Congress have increased access to federal agency communications beyond those published in the Federal Register.

LA Times: Water Rule Rollback Gives Growers What They Wanted from Trump

3/7/2017

An LA Times article explores what farmers think of President Donald Trump’s executive order to “scale back the agency’s interpretation of the Clean Water Act.”

Farm Groups Ask Trump Administration for Transportation Infrastructure Updates

3/7/2017

More than 200 farm groups sent a letter to President Donald Trump last week, asking for projects in rural America to be included in any future infrastructure improvement plans.

Bloomberg: Trump Deportation Policy to Echo in Real Time as Farm Wages Rise

3/7/2017

A Bloomberg article explores how “across America’s orchards and crop fields, a shrinking supply of migrants has already driven pay up faster than in the broader workforce.

Farm Bureau Welcomes Zinke Confirmation

3/6/2017

Ryan Zinke’s confirmation as secretary of the Interior Department earlier last week was welcomed by Farm Bureau

Farm Bureau Praises Trump’s WOTUS Action

3/5/2017

President Donald Trump’s executive order to ditch the Waters of the U.S. rule is a welcome relief to farmers and ranchers across the country.

From Trade to Regulations, AFBF President Urges Farmers and Ranchers to Engage on Full Range of Issues

3/5/2017

AFBF’s public policy agenda shares much in common with the Trump administration on issues like regulatory reform and tax reform.

4 Types of Millennials Shape the Future of Agriculture Advocacy

3/5/2017

Looked down on by some and praised by others, millennials are now the largest generation, according to the Pew Research Center.

Farm Bureau Joins Groups in Support of Farm Bill Funding

3/5/2017

Reduced spending under the 2014 farm bill contributed greatly to the nation’s deficit reduction effort. However, additional cuts to the 2018 farm bill would present perils on many fronts, a diverse coalition today told congressional appropriations and budget leaders.

Farm Regulatory Certainty Act Critical for Farmers

2/28/2017

The Farm Regulatory Certainty Act, legislation to be considered by the House, would provide clarity to farmers regarding the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

 Washington Post: AFBF Supports Postponement of Endangered Species Listing

2/27/2017

Yates, a director of congressional relations, discussed the postponement of the rusty patched bumblebee endangered species listing, saying AFBF is “pleased that the administration is taking a second look.”

Agence France Presse: Farmers and Ranchers Hopeful About New Administration’s Deregulation

2/26/2017

Farm Bureau's Paul Schlegel was quoted in a recent article by Agence France Presse on how government regulations impact agriculture.

6 Tips for Getting More from Your Data

2/25/2017

You’re gathering the data. But are you gleaning all its insights? Put your precision farming data to work and increase efficiency on your farm or ranch by following 6 tips from Case IH.

House Committee to Consider Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017

2/22/2017

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

2/21/2017

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

Farm Bureau Hails Pruitt Confirmation

2/21/2017

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

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