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Farm Bureau members to address critical issues at 2017 Annual Convention


Farm Bureau members invited to celebrate the ‘Miracle of Agriculture’ at 2017 Annual Convention in Layton

USDA invests $16.6 million in broadband infrastructure for underserved rural Utah


USDA is investing more than $200 million in infrastructure projects to bring broadband to hundreds of unserved and underserved rural communities in the U.S., including parts of rural Utah.

New Bill Offers Additional Protection for Farmers and Ranchers Against Dealer Default


The bill would make payment to livestock producers a priority in the event of dealer default on cash receipts from livestock, by establishing a dealer trust statute.

Wade Garrett named Director of Public Policy at Utah Farm Bureau


The Utah Farm Bureau is pleased to announce the hiring of Wade Garrett of Nephi as Director of Public Policy.

Behling named Southern Regional Manager For Utah Farm Bureau Federation


Changes were made to ensure Farm Bureau members in the southeastern portion of the state maintained the high level of service and were represented at various agency and other public meetings

Heavy Meat Inventories Set New September Highs in 2017


Cold storage items have produced an all-time record high for the month of September

Farm Bureau Encouraged by USDA Biotech Proposal Withdrawal


The Agriculture Department’s Animal Plant Heath and Inspection Service has announced the withdrawal of biotech regulations

Farm Bureau: E-Retailers Dodge Taxes, Rural Communities Languish


Farm Bureau has asked the Supreme Court to take up a case that could do away with internet retailers’ ongoing refusal to collect sales taxes

Reviewing 2017 Crop Insurance Prices


Each year, farmers pay billions of dollars in premiums for this feature that may provide additional financial risk coverage in the event of crop loss.

Voice Your Support for the Tax Reform and Jobs Act Today


This first major tax package since the 1980s includes provisions important to farmers and ranchers

DOT Accepting Comments on Farm Bureau’s Application for Exemption from the ELD Mandate for Livestock Haulers


The ELD mandate may force small business owners out of the marketplace

Apples4Ed Initiative Launched


The U.S. Apple Association, the School Nutrition Association and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture are teaming up for a new initiative called Apples4Ed.

H-2A Program Use Continues to Rise


New data released by the Labor Department reveals that the demand for labor is stronger than ever.

Countdown to Census: What You Need To Know


In just a couple months, farmers and ranchers across the nation will start receiving the 2017 Census of Agriculture

Farm Bureau Ag Investment Summit Brings Entrepreneurs and Investors Together


Farm Bureau is offering a one-day conference to help entrepreneurs tap into the billions of dollars venture capital fund managers are looking to put into agriculture and food businesses.

Bill Clarifies Affordable Care Act’s Seasonal Employment Definition


The bipartisan Simplifying Technical Aspects Regarding Seasonality (STARS) Act of 2017 (H.R. 3956) provides much-needed clarification to the employer mandate’s seasonal worker exemption within the Affordable Care Act.

Worker Shortage Threatens U.S. Ag Sustainability


Without labor relief, many farmers will have to scale back production or get out of farming altogether.

It’s Turkey Time!


AFBF will release its annual survey results on the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Agriculture’s Tax Reform Tool Box


Farmers and ranchers need a tax code that recognizes the work that they do and the unique challenges their businesses face.

Harvest Public Media: USDA Won’t Implement Tougher Meatpacker Rules


Several major livestock organizations and the American Farm Bureau Federation applauded the USDA’s decision not to implement the rules for GIPSA

AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show Registration Now Open Online


Online registration is now open for AFBF’s 2018 Annual Convention & IDEA Trade Show, slated for Jan. 5-10 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Caterpillar – To Buy or Lease?


To buy or to lease machines for your farm? That is the question!

Proposed Changes to Fluid Milk Pricing


A new proposal to change the way the Agriculture Department regulates fluid milk markets could potentially alleviate many of these risk management concerns.

Senate Bills Dropped to Delay HIT Tax


Senate legislation has been introduced to delay the Health Insurance Tax (HIT Tax) for two years.

Survey Shows Impacts Immigration Policy has on Agriculture


An informal survey showed that more than half of responding farmers had experienced employee shortages during the past year.

House Committee Moves Bill Requiring Transparency in Designation of National Monuments


The House Natural Resources Committee has approved a bill that would restore Congress’ original intent in passing the Antiquities Act in 1906.

Farmers, Ranchers Ready for Long-overdue Immigration Reform


The labor shortage on America’s farms and ranches is growing, and the lack of a stable, legal supply of workers places the health of too many farms at risk.

Tax Reform Package the First Step Toward Tax Relief


The tax reform framework announced recently is the first step toward providing tax relief to farmers and ranchers.

Fruits of the NAFTA Vine


A review of the impact of NAFTA on vegetable trade was provided in a recent Market Intel article

Finalists Named for 2017 Utah Leopold Conservation Award®


Sand County Foundation, in partnership with Western AgCredit, the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, and the Utah Cattlemen’s Association, is proud to announce the finalists for the prestigious Utah Leopold Conservation Award® which honors Utah landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.

Ag Community Relief Raising Funds for Barbed Wire Fencing for Montana


With millions of acres burned, Ag Community Relief has established the "Western Wire Roundup" in effort to help western ranchers rebuild.

Farmers Squashed by Labor Shortage


Without access to an adequate and stable workforce, many farmers are being forced to leave fresh produce to rot in the fields.

Utah Farm Bureau and Utah Labor Commission Partner for Farm Safety


Utah Farm Bureau's A.J. Ferguson was featured on RFD-TV talking about the need for farmer safety, and what the Utah Farm Bureau is doing in partnership with the Utah Labor Commission to reduce fatalities and injuries related to agriculture.

Farm Bureau, Livestock Groups Request Waiver for Logging Device Mandate


Concerned about livestock haulers’ readiness to comply with a problematic electronic logging device mandate, as well as how the mandate will affect the transported animals’ well-being

Internet Sales Tax Update


Hometown businesses are at a disadvantage when competing with online-only retailers that don’t have to collect sales taxes.

Time to Get All of Rural America up to Speed with Broadband


Too often, rural America has been left in the dust when it comes down to actual spending on infrastructure. Communications infrastructure is no different.

Farmers Call for Tax Reform


Farmers want tax tools like cash accounting and interest deduction for small businesses to be there when they need them.

Coalition Asks Senators to Put HIT Relief in Health Care Bill


At a minimum, a one-year delay of the HIT would provide critical relief to the millions of hardworking Americans struggling to afford the cost of rising premiums

Farm Bureau Submits Regulatory Reform Priorities


Overregulation by federal agencies is burdensome to all of agriculture.

September is National Honey Month


National Honey Month, initiated by the National Honey Board in 1989, marks an important time for honey producers and beekeepers across the nation.

Farm Bureau, Livestock Groups Request Waiver for Logging Device Mandate


The American Farm Bureau Federation and seven livestock organizations are asking the Transportation Department for a waiver and exemption from the fast-approaching ELD implementation deadline.

Americans Pay the Least for Food


U.S. consumers spend just 10 percent of their disposable income on food each year, while those in other countries spend much more.

Input Sought on Proposed Revenue Protection Insurance for the Dairy Industry


Input is sought on a proposed revenue protection insurance for the dairy industry that would provide better risk management for dairy farmers.

Farmers Again Reaching out to Community on KSL's Studio 5 program


KSl Studio 5 segment with Sara Harward

Texas Farm Bureau Sets Up Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to Help Farmers & Ranchers


Looking for ways to help farmers and ranchers affected by Hurricane Harvey directly?

What is Dairy Revenue Protection?


Dairy Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP) is a concept plan of insurance, developed by AFBF, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services, which would allow dairy farmers to purchase risk management protection against declines in quarterly revenue from milk sales

Taking NAFTA to the Next Level for Ag


Trade agreements have a good track record of opening international markets for U.S.-grown products by breaking down trade barriers and reducing tariffs that keep America’s farmers and ranchers from reaching new customers around the world

American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Advances Ag Literacy with Teacher Resource Grants


Teachers may use the $50 grants to purchase agricultural literacy materials from the Foundation’s online store for classroom use.

Multitude of Factors Impact U.S.-Australia Competition in Japan


In the wake of the Japanese safeguard tariff on U.S. frozen beef, discussions have focused on the relative change in tariff values that impact frozen beef.

Tax Reform Needed Now: Taxes are a Certainty; Farming and Ranching is a World of Uncertainty


Farmers and ranchers need a tax code that recognizes their unique financial challenges

What the Duarte Case Settlement Could Mean for Farmers and Ranchers


Don Parrish, senior director of regulatory relations at AFBF, recently discussed on AgriTalk what the Duarte case settlement could mean for farmers and ranchers.

SNAP – It Ain’t Just For Cities


Data reveals that residents of rural communities depend on SNAP as much as, and potentially more than, their urban counterparts.

Surprise, Another Big Corn and Soybean Crop On the Way


The Agriculture Department’s August Crop Production report provides the first survey-based estimate of corn and soybean yields, harvested area and production for the U.S.

KORUS, Redux?


The Trump administration is seeking to modernize an existing U.S. free trade agreement with South Korea

Farmer shares another example of her path from 4-H to Farm Bureau


4-H alumni nationwide have a story to tell and a testimony to share when it comes to how 4-H has changed their lives, shaped their personalities and opened up doors, getting them to where they are today.

Incubators Help Beginning Farmers Break into Farming Without Breaking the Bank


The main advantage for farmers is that incubators provide access to free or inexpensive farmland, equipment, storage facilities and utilities.

Food Fact Friday! 15 Fantastic Food and Farm Facts


Although most of us aren’t involved in full-time food production, it can still be fun – and educational – to ponder facts about how modern farmers and ranchers go about their work.

U.S., Canadian and Mexican Farm Groups Support Modernized NAFTA


When it comes to overall positive results for North America’s farmers and ranchers, NAFTA has proved itself as a solid foundation for trade

Tax Burdens Continue to Plague Family Farmers


It is becoming more and more difficult, however, for family farms to remain in business.

Are MPP Dairy Improvements on the Way?


The proposed improvements to the Market Protection Program and estimates how these changes would have altered program performance during the first two years of coverage.

4-H and Google Team Up to Bring Computer Science Education to Kids Across the Country


4-H and Google on Friday announced they are coming together for a first-of-its-kind computer science collaboration that will teach kids both technical skills, like coding, and essential life skills, like teamwork and resilience.

Rural Groups Call for Representation on Trump’s Infrastructure Council


The nation’s rural towns, cities and counties—and their unique challenges—should be represented on the Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure

Taxes are a Certainty; Farming and Ranching is a World of Uncertainty


Congress is starting to get serious about tax reform.

Poll: Tax Reform Needed for Farmers and America


A commanding majority of American voters support tax reform

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Helps Towns Write Ag-friendlier Regulations


Interest in local agriculture has inspired many homeowners to keep backyard chickens, goats and other livestock in residential areas where neighbors are far more comfortable with dogs and cats.

Policy Analysis Versus Policy Development


Each year the organization’s delegate body of farmer and rancher members deliberates and responds to challenges facing agriculture.

From 4-H to Farm Bureau: A Firm Foundation for My Passion in Agriculture


4-H alumni nationwide have a story to tell and a testimony to share when it comes to how 4-H has changed their lives, shaped their personalities and opened up doors, getting them to where they are today.

Amazon Wants to be Your Online Supermarket


Someday a child may question where their food comes from

Dairy Farmers Invited to Take Online Survey on Risk Management Tools


Dairy farmers are invited to take an online related to Federal Crop Insurance Corporation for a new dairy insurance policy

Spring Flooding Undermined Farmers Efforts of Nitrogen Stewardship


The so-called “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico increased this year, after excessive spring flooding throughout the Mississippi River basin.

Drought Deepens, Ripples Hay Market


The Northern Plains continue to have very dry conditions.

For the Love of Labor


Finding willing hands to help plant, tend and harvest crops on America’s farmland is harder with each passing season

Improved Online Census of Ag Questionnaire Demonstration Website Launched


Go online and check out the Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s improved online census questionnaire demonstration site






Fencing ordinances



Included in the bill is a one year delay of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate for livestock and insect haulers.

Key Water Management Tools


Because Utah is the second driest state in country maximizing our water use is important.

Governor's Water Strategy Advisory Report


Due to Utah’s continued population and economic growth, Utah continues to experience challenges to accommodate the infrastructure demands that are before us.

Farm Bureau Urges Support for H.R. 2170, the Flood and Agriculture Risk Management Cost Reduction Act of 2017


Reduces the cost and regulatory burden of building, maintaining and insuring agricultural structures in regulatory floodplains

Farmers Reaching out to Community on KSL's Studio 5 program


Becca Ferry KSL Studio 5 Appearance

AFBF Shares Farm Bill Needs with Congress


Given the state of the farm economy, protecting farm bill spending and maintaining the farm safety net is critical in the next farm bill

Tax Reform Crucial for America’s Farmers, Ranchers


America’s farmers and ranchers are encouraged to see that key congressional leaders and the administration understand how important tax reform is to all Americans

Utah Peaches Prove Hard to Beat as Tasty Summer Treat


Though there may be disagreements as to which part of the state produces the best crop of peaches, few can argue it isn’t an iconic taste of the summer.

Beyond the Norm at the Farmers Market


Farmers markets are a staple expectancy for the summer season in Utah. Farm Bureau also owns and operates both the South Jordan & Murray Farmers Markets

3 Classroom Setup Hacks for Ag Literacy Learning


Learn tips on setting up a classroom to help with ag literacy learning

Food Policy by Tweet – Not the Best Idea


Twitter is a handy source of information and expressing ideas, but making decisions based on it is not always a good idea.

Farm Bureau Decries D.C. Circuit’s ‘Endangered’ Wolf Ruling, Calls for Reform


The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled a thriving population of 4,000 Gray Wolves that threatens farmers and ranchers in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin was somehow endangered

County Farm Bureaus have Sept. 1 Deadline for County Activities of Excellence program


County Farm Bureaus and their award-winning activities serve as models of innovation for local program development.

Members of Congress Support Protecting Farmers and Ranchers from Crushing Regulatory Burdens


On Tuesday, 30 members of Congress signed and sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture requesting that they work together to address the numerous regulatory inefficiencies and statutory roadblocks in the agriculture community.

Assessing the Possibility of Below-Trend U.S. Corn Yield


Weather expectations are driving new-crop corn prices to contract highs

Farm Bureau Members Urged to Voice Support for WOTUS Repeal


Farm Bureau members are encouraged to submit comments in support of repeal of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule.

Putting down roots: Refugees using agriculture to resettle in a new home


As refugees flee their countries in staggering numbers, resettlement programs are turning toward a way of life that overcomes cultural and language barriers everywhere — agriculture.

New Legislation Would Delay Logging Device Requirements for Drivers


A recently introduced bill would provide a much-needed delay to the problematic electronic logging device mandate for certain drivers, which is set to go into effect in December

No `Recess` for Ag in August: It’s Time to Work to Influence


As you make your August plans, include time to meet with your members of Congress. They are looking to meet you.

Where Does Seedless Watermelon Come From?


The seeded commercial harvest and retail sales only add up to about 8%, meaning seedless watermelon makes up for 92% of all watermelon sales. Seedless watermelon is hugely popular in the United States and it is here to stay!

A Call for More Firefighting Cows & Sheep


Grazing livestock is a valuable, proven tool to reduce the risk of wildfire.

Clock Ticking for Farmers on Tax Reform


A lot is at stake for farmers and ranchers, especially when it comes to tax reform. We need a tax code that gives us flexibility to keep our businesses running from one season to the next.

NAFTA: Where’s the Beef?


The U.S. would be hard-pressed to consume domestically the variety meats from its own cattle supply

Farm Bureau Presents Farm Bill Goals to Congress


Congress must counter a steep, four-year drop in commodity prices that has left farmers and ranchers in worse shape than any time since the farm depression of the 1980s

If I Only Had Five Minutes


If I only had five minutes to share with you the lessons I learned on Grandpa’s farm, it would be hard to talk to you about all the lessons of service, sacrifice, and generosity that I learned