I AM @USFRA – @FarmBureau VP Scott VanderWal

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South Dakota crop and livestock farmer Scott VanderWal was elected Vice President of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) earlier this year and in that role now serves on the board of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). VanderWal is pleased with how USFRA has brought so many agricultural organizations together under one big tent to address consumer concerns …

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President Expected to Sign #GMO Disclosure Bill

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The U.S. House today approved the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard by a vote of 309 to 117. The legislation, which preempts individual state laws to require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients, was passed by the Senate last week and is expected to be signed by President Obama. “I have said this is the most important food and …

AFBF, ASTA, Biotech, Food, Government

AFBF Announces New CFO

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The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has announced that Brett Hom, a finance professional with more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector, will serve as the organization’s new chief financial officer (CFO). Once he joins the staff on July 11, Hom will develop financial strategies and measure their performance in relation to the organization’s goals and objectives, …

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Ag Groups Praise Senate Vote on #GMO Labeling

Cindy Zimmerman

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF), which has been actively campaigning on behalf of food and agriculture groups for a sensible national labeling standard for genetically modified foods, was one of the first organizations to praise Senate passage of the Roberts-Stabenow compromise legislation. “The Senate has provided all Americans a transparent and consistent system of disclosure that will give …

AFBF, Biotech, Food, GMO, Government

FB Challenge Moves Into Judging Phase

Lizzy Schultz

Entry submissions are now closed for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) third annual Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge, and AFBF is pleased to announce that they have received 355 applications from 39 states. “We are ecstatic and pleased with the great applications and innovations occurring in rural communities across the country!” said Dr. Lisa Benson, AFBF’s director of rural development. “We …

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Senate Advances #GMO Labeling Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

Not intimidated by anti-GMO activists throwing $2000 in “Monsanto Money” on the floor, the U.S. Senate Wednesday voted 65-31 to limit debate on a bipartisan National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard that would preempt individual state laws to require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. With cloture invoked, the Senate is expected vote on final passage as early as today. …

AFBF, ASTA, Audio, Biotech, Corn, Food, Government

4th of July Cookout Costs Still Under $6/Person

Lizzy Schultz

An informal survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) dug into the cost of summer cookout season. The survey looked into the cost of Americans’ favorite foods for the Fourth of July, including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk, and found that, while the food products will cost slightly more this …

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Industry Pleased with #GMO Labeling Compromise

Cindy Zimmerman

Leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday announced a bipartisan compromise on GMO labeling legislation in advance of the pending implementation of a state law in Vermont. “Our marketplace – both consumers and producers – needs a national biotechnology standard to avoid chaos in interstate commerce,” said Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) about the compromise reached with Ranking …

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Support for #RFS from @FarmBureau

Kelly Marshall

Randy Caviness was only one of many to testify before the EPA that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) must continue to operate was it was defined almost a decade ago. “EPA’s decision not to follow the intent of Congress in the 2007 RFS is highly disappointing to all of agriculture,” said Caviness, who also serves as a member of AFBF …

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AFBF Launches Online Peanut Butter Game

Lizzy Schultz

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, along with the National Peanut Board and state peanut producer and industry organizations, have launched Operation Peanut Butter, a new online game from My American Farm. Geared for students in grades 3-5, the game allows students to follow peanuts from the field to the peanut butter on their sandwiches. “While playing Operation Peanut …

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