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 3 Ways We All Benefit from the Farm Bill


America’s farmers and ranchers are not the only ones that benefit from the farm bill

Join us for FUSION Ag Conference, January 26-27, 2018 in St. George


The Utah Farm Bureau and the Dairy Council of Utah-Nevada are joining together at the 2018 FUSION Conference to offer powerful breakouts and the largest agriculture tradeshow in Utah. The meetings will take place January 26-27 at the Dixie Center in sunny St. George.

Farm Bureau Elects New Grassroots Leaders


Utah Farm Bureau President Ron Gibson was elected to the American Farm Bureau's Board of Directors, and Wasatch County's Russ Kohler was elected Chairman of the American Farm Bureau's Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.

 USDA Under Secretary Confident Good Neighbor Relations Will Prevail in NAFTA Talks


Current North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations are a lot like a Sumo wrestling match, according to Ted McKinney

Utah Farm & Ranch Leaders Travel to Nashville for National Agriculture Conference


Approximately 90 agricultural leaders and Utah Farm Bureau members will be traveling to Nashville, Tennessee to join more than 6,000 other agricultural leaders from around the country at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 99th 2018 AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, January 5-10, 2018.

Perdue Applauds USDA’s 2017 Accomplishments


Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently applauded the accomplishments made by USDA over the past year.

Farm Groups Launch ‘Farm Town Strong’ Campaign to Address Rural Opioid Epidemic


Farm Bureau and Farmers Union announced a new campaign to raise awareness of the opioid crisis impacting farming communities

Congressional Scorecard and Voting Record Available on VOA


The web page shares the voting records of all members of Congress on issues that affect farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

Rebuild Rural Website Launched


The coalition is dedicated to advocating for investment in rural America’s infrastructure and understands that rural America’s infrastructure needs are fundamentally different.

The Greatest Hardships Bring Out the Greatest Resolve in Rural America


The New Year is a time for new beginnings, when we resolve to do better, try harder, and make more of a difference in the lives around us

Winterize Your Equipment with Tips from John Deere


Check out great tips on how to winterize equipment

DOT Releases Details on Initial 90-Day Waiver from ELDs for Agricultural Haulers


DOT has released details on the initial 90-day waiver from the requirement for agricultural and livestock haulers to obtain electronic logging devices

House Agriculture Committee Launches Farm Bill Landing Page


A landing page has been designed to provide updates and information related to the 2018 farm bill

Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture: 50 Years and Growing


In the beginning the Foundation focused primarily on research for advancing agricultural mechanization and technology

Enrollment Duration in the Conservation Reserve Program


The Conservation Reserve Program is a voluntary program that pays farmers and ranchers to retire environmentally sensitive cropland.

Case IH – Meeting Your Needs


Eligible Farm Bureau members in participating states can also receive $300 to $500 off a qualifying Case IH purchase.

New Legislation Will Improve Students’ Access to Milk


A recently introduced bill that would allow schools to give students more milk choices

Push to Delay the HIT Continues


The HIT pushes health insurance costs even higher than they already are, making it harder for farmers and ranchers to purchase coverage for themselves, their families and their employees.

Marketing Feeder Cattle: Changes in Sales Data


The volume of cattle marketed through the internet or video channels has not showed the high growth that the number of search results would suggest.

What Makes Food News & Information Credible?


When it comes to the credibility of food news and information, truth is relative, according to new research from The Center for Food Integrity.

President Trump to Address Farm Bureau Members in January at Annual Convention in Nashville


President Donald Trump will address farm & ranch families at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention

Poll Reveals Most Americans Support Trump Rewriting Obama’s WOTUS Rule


A majority of Americans surveyed say the current administration should work with Congress and local businesses to rewrite the Obama-era “Waters of the U.S.” rule.

The opioid crisis has struck farm and ranch families much harder than the rest of rural America, a Morning Consult survey shows


While just under half of rural Americans say they have been directly impacted by opioid abuse, 74 percent of farmers and farm workers say they have.

Grainger – Winter is Here


Winter is here and Grainger can help Farm Bureau members in participating states prepare, respond and recover from the cold.

Tax Reform Key to Preserving Our Family Farm


Lawmakers can bring relief to farm and ranch families across the country with tax reform

Foundation for Agriculture to Announce New Book of the Year at Annual Convention


The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture will announce its 11th Book of the Year on Sunday, Jan. 7, at the AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee

China Continues to Drive Sorghum Acreage and Consumption


The catalyst for increased sorghum production has been increasing demand from China.

Farm Bureau Hails Bears Ears, Escalante Reforms


The announcement from the administration about a reduction in the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments marks a return of common sense to environmental stewardship.

USFRA Launching ‘engAGe’ App in 2018


Agriculture has an opportunity to come together and proactively elevate the voices of farmers, ranchers and agriculturalists on social media

2017 Census of Agriculture Gets Underway


The Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service started mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the nation’s farmers and ranchers this week.

USU Extension Receives Grant for Training Next Generation of Farmers


Utah State University Extension recently received a grant worth $599,615 from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program to help increase the number of beginning farmers in the Mountain West.

Cache County farmer wins  Utah Farm Bureau Discussion Meet


Samantha Smith of Cache County won the 2017 Utah Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet.

AFBF President Zippy Duvall Appointed to White House Trade Advisory Committee


American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall has been appointed to the White House’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

Millard County farm family wins Utah Farm Bureau Achievement award


Chad and Linda Osguthorpe of Millard County were the winners of the Utah Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher ‘Achievement Award’.

Sevier County family wins Utah Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture award


Jed & Nanci Johnson of Aurora, Utah were recognized as the winners of the Utah Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher 'Excellence in Agriculture' award.

Cattle on Feed Continues Strong Placements


Strong placements were expected ahead of the cattle on feed report as analyst ranges were from 3.6 to 13.1 percent above a year ago.

Farm Bureau Submits FSMA Extension Comments


The extension provides farmers an opportunity to continue their engagement with the FDA to consider the best approach for implementation.

Farm Bureau Seeks Full Withdrawal of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule


Farm Bureau thanked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for delaying the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule.

Farmers Should Focus on Effective Tax Rate


As Congress considers changes to the federal tax code, farmers and ranchers need to consider how proposed revisions will impact the overall effective tax rate for their agricultural businesses.

American Agriculture Can’t Afford to Lose out on Trade


International trade is incredibly important to hundreds of thousands of American farm and ranch families.

Take a Gander at the Faces of Farming & Ranching Short Videos


U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s consumer perception research shows that video and documentaries are the most influential sources of information when it comes to consumers’ opinions of farming and ranching in the U.S.

USA Today Op-Ed: Estate Tax Forces Farmers to Play Defense


USA Today published “Estate Tax Forces Farmers to Play Defense,” an op-ed by AFBF President Zippy Duvall.

Fred Thurston Named 2017 Utah Leopold Conservation Award® Recipient


Fred Thurston and his family from Morgan County, Utah were named the recipients of the prestigious Utah Leopold Conservation Award

Transportation Department Temporarily Waives Logging Device Mandate for Agriculture


The Department of Transportation has granted a 90-day waiver from the requirement that agricultural and livestock haulers install electronic logging devices in their vehicles.

Where ARC Thou Program Payments, Part Deux


For these other field crops, marketing year average prices were announced at the end of September and allowed the Agriculture Department to calculate county-level Agriculture Risk Coverage-County Option program payment data.

Reuters Reports Study Finds No Cancer Link to Glyphosate


Reuters reports that a large long-term study on the use of the weed killer glyphosate by agricultural workers in the U.S. has found no firm link between exposure to the pesticide and cancer, scientists said earlier this month.

Food Labeling: Helpful or Harmful?


Food companies are stocking grocery store shelves with products that tout absence claims like non-GMO, antibiotic-free and hormone-free, all in the name of transparency. But is it really transparency, or is it fear marketing?

Support #GivingTuesday Today


The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is urging support for #GivingTuesday today.

Importance of NAFTA to Agriculture in Each State for 2016


As modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA 2.0, continues, concern from the agricultural community over a potential NAFTA withdrawal has intensified.

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

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.

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

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