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Utah's Becca Ferry selected as Finalist for National Farm Mom of the Year

4/27/2017

Utah's Becca Ferry has been selected as the SW Region Finalist for 2017 Farm Mom of the Year. Read more and help put her over the top as the national winner

Cover Crop Survey Seeks Farmer Participation

4/26/2017

Farmers who plant cover crops, used to plant cover crops, or have never tried cover crops are all encouraged to take a short survey

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.

Farm Bureau’s First Peas to the Table Contest Runs Feb. 20 Through May 15

2/23/2017

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has announced its second First Peas to the Table Contest, which opens Feb. 20 and runs through May 15.

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.

House Passes Resolution to Halt BLM Planning Rule

2/20/2017

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

2/20/2017

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

2/20/2017

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.

Final Horse Protection Act Regulations Announced, But Not Official

2/20/2017

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'

2/17/2017

An activity all about corn.

Ideas for County Ag Promotion Events

2/16/2017

Consumer Engagement Resource Guide

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

2/9/2017

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

2/8/2017

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

2/7/2017

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?

2/7/2017

“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’

2/5/2017

List includes priority areas for 2017 Utah legislative session

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

2/5/2017

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

2/5/2017

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

2/5/2017

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

2/5/2017

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

2/5/2017

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

1/30/2017

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

1/29/2017

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

1/28/2017

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

1/27/2017

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

1/26/2017

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

1/26/2017

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’

1/26/2017

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

1/19/2017

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

1/18/2017

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

1/18/2017

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

1/5/2017

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

1/3/2017

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

1/3/2017

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

12/29/2016

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

12/28/2016

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

12/27/2016

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

American Agriculture Brings People Together over the Holidays

12/23/2016

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

12/22/2016

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

12/21/2016

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.

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