AFBF Annual Convention Agenda Shapes Up

Cindy Zimmerman

Topics ranging from environmental policy and food safety to the 2012 farm bill and use of social media by farmers and ranchers highlight a slate of conferences during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 92nd annual meeting, Jan. 9-12 in Atlanta, Ga. “Successful farming and ranching in the 21st century involves managing a vast amount of knowledge and information on a …


Limited E15 Waiver Approval Fosters Mixed Emotions

Joanna Schroeder

The agriculture and ethanol industries responded favorably to the EPA’s decision to approve the voluntary use of E15 in cars manufactured in 2007 or later. The increase in ethanol blended into gasoline fuels could help the ethanol industry have a home for another 4-5 billion gallons per year. Last year, Growth Energy filed the E15 Waiver and after several delays, …

AFBF, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NCBA, NCGA, RFA

Reaction to USDA Crop Forecast

Cindy Zimmerman

Both corn and soybean production for this year were cut in this month’s crop report out this morning from USDA. Corn production is forecast at 12.7 billion bushels, down 4 percent from the September forecast and down 3 percent from last year’s record production of 13.1 billion bushels. Soybean production is forecast at a record high 3.41 billion bushels, down …

AFBF, Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Grains, USDA, USGC

“Dirty Jobs” Host to Keynote AFBF Meeting

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmers and ranchers get their hands dirty nearly every day, so they should appreciate hearing from a man who specializes in showcasing dirty jobs. Mike Rowe, the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe,” will deliver the keynote address to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 92nd annual meeting on January 10, 2011, in Atlanta, …


Farm American Chevrolet on Track

Cindy Zimmerman

The Farm American Chevrolet will be on track at the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup race in Indianapolis on Sunday. You may recall the unveiling of this concept car by Furniture Row Racing last year at the American Farm Bureau Federation public relations conference. It was also on display at the 2010 National Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City. On Sunday, Regan …


Farm Bureau Honors Agriscience Innovation

Cindy Zimmerman

Eight agriscience innovators are getting some monetary recognition for their efforts, courtesy of American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). AFBF, in partership with the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, presented the awards and research funding to scientists, teachers and high-school students for exemplary innovation in the field of agricultural science. “The winning candidates from each category have demonstrated a hunger for forward-thinking …


Farm Bureau Outlines Farm Bill Principles

Cindy Zimmerman

The House Agriculture Committee has been holding hearings already to get input on the 2012 Farm Bill. Last week, the committee heard from representatives of major agricultural organizations about farm safety net programs. Among those testifying was Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation, who noted that farmers in every state rely in …

AFBF, Government

Social Media On The Road

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s time to hit the agriblogging highway once again. I’m going to Minneapolis today and will be conducting a presentation tomorrow for the Cooperative Communicator’s Association titled, “Very Social Media.” You might think I’ll only be talking about Twitter but you would be wrong. I will start with blogs. That’s right. A blog is one of the first forms of …

AFBF, Ag Group, General

American Agriculture’s Environmental Success

Cindy Zimmerman

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has just released its latest National Resources Inventory, which shows the amazing environment success that is American agriculture. American Farm Bureau Federation president Bob Stallman did a nice little editorial about why the nation’s farmers and ranchers should be proud to show this environmental report card to Mother Nature. The latest National Resources Inventory …

AFBF, Environment