Farm Bureau and FFA Work for Ag Education

Cindy Zimmerman AFBF, AgWired Animal, FFA

The American Farm Bureau Federation and National FFA Organization have signed a memorandum of understanding to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture. The MOU outlines how the two organizations will work together to discover opportunities that benefit both their members and agricultural education students in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was signed in …

AFBF, AgWired Animal, FFA

Ag Groups Provide NAFTA Input

Cindy Zimmerman AFBF, Audio, Corn, NAWG, NCGA

A number of agricultural organizations provided their input to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) this week regarding the upcoming negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “NAFTA has been overwhelmingly beneficial for the vast majority of farmers and ranchers across the U.S. for decades,” said Colorado Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft in comments on …

AFBF, Audio, Corn, NAWG, NCGA

Farm Groups Cheer WOTUS Repeal

Cindy Zimmerman AFBF, AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, NCBA, NCGA, NPPC

Ding dong the ditch rule is dead! The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have officially begun the process to withdraw the highly controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule and begin a replacement rulemaking process to gather input and re-evaluate the definition of WOTUS, to cheers from farmers and ranchers nationwide. American Farm …

AFBF, AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, NCBA, NCGA, NPPC

Prices for a July 4th Cookout Down Slightly

Jamie Johansen AFBF, Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Dairy, Farm Bureau, Food, Meat

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) says we can cookout for a little less this year. Favorite foods for a Fourth of July meal will run about $6 per person according to an informal survey conducted by AFBF. The average cost of a summer cookout for 10 people is $55.70, or $5.57 per person. One reason for this is competition …

AFBF, Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Dairy, Farm Bureau, Food, Meat

SMART Farmer Scott VanderWal

Cindy Zimmerman AFBF, AgWired Animal, Audio, SMART Farmer, USFRA

In this episode of the SMART Farmer podcast we meet Scott VanderWal, a third-generation corn and soybean farmer and cattle feeder from Volga, South Dakota. In addition to operating the family farm with his father and brothers, Scott serves as vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau, and is a board member …

AFBF, AgWired Animal, Audio, SMART Farmer, USFRA

USTR Moves Forward with NAFTA Renegotiation

Cindy Zimmerman AFBF, Corn, NCGA, NFU, Trade, USDA

Just days after being sworn in as United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that President Trump intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “Today, President Trump fulfilled one of his key promises to the American people. For years, politicians have called for the renegotiation of this agreement, but President Trump is the first to follow …

AFBF, Corn, NCGA, NFU, Trade, USDA

Trump Puts Agriculture in the Spotlight

Cindy Zimmerman AFBF, Audio, Government, USDA

President Trump welcomed new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on his first day in office for a White House “Farmers Roundtable” and the signing of an Executive Order establishing an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. During the signing, President Trump commented on the current trade dispute with Canada over dairy product pricing. “(w)here the dairy farmers up …

AFBF, Audio, Government, USDA

AFBF Survey Shows Decrease in Retail Food Prices

Lizzy Schultz AFBF, Farm Bureau, Food

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Spring Picnic Marketbasket Survey found that retail prices are lower for several foods this year, including eggs, ground chuck, sirloin tip roast, chicken breasts and toasted oat cereal. “As expected due to lower farm-gate prices, we have seen continued declines in retail prices for livestock products including eggs, beef, chicken, pork and cheese,” said John …

AFBF, Farm Bureau, Food

Farm Bureau Urges Senate Confirmation of Perdue

Jamie Johansen AFBF, Ag Group, Audio, Farm Bureau

Yesterday we received news from the White House stating President Trump authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas after those states were impacted by widespread wildfires. This was followed by news from USDA’s Acting Deputy Secretary Michael L. Young, who issued the memorandum. This news reminds us we are still without leadership at …

AFBF, Ag Group, Audio, Farm Bureau

Duvall Addresses Agri-Pulse #FarmBillSummitt

Kelly Marshall AFBF, Ag Day, Ag Group, Agri-Pulse, Audio

President of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Zippy Duvall addressed the participants of the Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit earlier this week. Using his best southern charm, Duvall addressed the issue of the upcoming farm bill, pointing out the different circumstances farmers and ranchers are in as the last bill was being written and the economic climate now. “The biggest problem with …

AFBF, Ag Day, Ag Group, Agri-Pulse, Audio