Ag Voices Urge TPP Passage

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The National Corn Growers Association this week started delivering letters from over 6300 corn farmers from across the country to members of Congress urging them to take up and pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement before the end of the year. “America’s farmers and ranchers need Congress to step up and pass TPP now,” said Chip Bowling, president of the National …

AFBF, NCGA, Trade

Farm Bureau Invests in My Fit Foods

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The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), with and existing majority investor Marlin Equity Partners, has announced an investment in My Fit Foods™, a leading producer and retailer of prepared meals. The investment will support My Fit Foods’ growth strategy to pursue partnerships with the nation’s premier grocery retailers. “The American Farm Bureau Federation is an ideal investment partner for My …

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#Ag Groups Express Concerns About Consolidation

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Representatives from the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, and National Farmers Union testified Tuesday at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on consolidation in the agribusiness industry, which is poised to cut the number of major companies in the seeds, chemicals and crop nutrients market in half. AFBF Chief Economist Dr. Bob Young told the committee that farmers …

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Reaction to Bayer-Monsanto Deal

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Reaction from agricultural organizations on new of a deal between Bayer and Monsanto on Wednesday expressed some concern about what this trend of consolidation will mean for farmers in the long run. From Capitol Hill where National Farmers Union members have been meeting this week, NFU President Roger Johnson “condemned” the merger and called for a “critical review” of consolidation …

AFBF, Ag Group, Agribusiness, ASA, Bayer, Corn, Monsanto, NCGA

Court Rules EPA Violated Farmer Privacy

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The Environmental Protection Agency has violated the personal privacy of tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers, according to a unanimous ruling issued Friday by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in a lawsuit brought by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) over EPA’s release to environmental groups of …

AFBF, EPA, NPPC

New Poll Shows Strong Support for TPP Agreement

Jamie Johansen

A new poll from Morning Consult shows most voters favor fair trade. Which is something the American Farm Bureau Federation said all candidates should keep in mind as a congressional vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement comes closer to reality. “Most Americans support free trade,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said, “and most farmers do, too. Exports …

AFBF, Ag Group, Farm Bureau, Government, Trade

USDA Assisting #Dairy Producers

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced plans to purchase millions of pounds of surplus cheese to aid both hungry families and dairy producers. The purchase of approximately 11 million pounds of cheese, valued at $20 million, will assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years. …

AFBF, Dairy, USDA

“Farmer of the Year” Contest Announced

Kelly Marshall

Farmers’ Almanac and American Farm Bureau Federation are partnering together to recognize three farmers or ranchers as “Farmer’s Almanac Farmer of the Year.” The 200th Collector’s Edition of 2017 highlights the hard work and dedication of farmers who bring food to our tables.  The edition contains their stories, along with the announcement of a contest designed to recognize some of these …

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Farm Bureau Seeks Emergency Dairy Aid from USDA

Jamie Johansen

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has asked the USDA to provide emergency assistance for the nation’s dairy farmers. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, AFBF President Zippy Duvall said AFBF supported a recent request from 61 members of Congress asking USDA to provide emergency assistance. Duvall noted the U.S. all-milk price fell to $14.50 per hundredweight in …

AFBF, Ag Group, Dairy, Farm Bureau, USDA

#GMO Disclosure Bill Signed Into Law

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is now in charge of developing a national mandatory system for disclosing the presence of bioengineered material under the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, which was signed without fanfare on Friday by President Obama. USDA has formed a working group to develop a timeline for rulemaking and to “ensure an open and transparent process for …

AFBF, Biotech, Food, GMO, Government, NCGA, USDA