Investing Back In Agriculture

Meghan Grebner

Illinois and fiscal responsibility aren’t exactly words that go hand in hand but Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is trying to change that.  Earlier this week Rutherford announced his Ag Invest program in conjunction with the Illinois Farm Bureau.  Ag Invest (formerly known as Cultivate Illinois) partners with eligible lenders to offer low-interest loans to Illinois farmers that can be …

Agribusiness, Farm Bureau, Rural Lifestyle

Farm Bureau: Republicans Not Bad for Agriculture

John Davis

While some are worried that the new fiscal hawks who were elected as the Republicans swept control of the U.S. House will be bad for agricultural interests in this country, the American Farm Bureau Federation says the shift to the right doesn’t necessarily mean the wrong path for farm policies. “I know there’s people in the press who have said, …

AFBF, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Ethanol, Farm Bureau, Government, NAFB

Farm Bureau Helps Provide Beginning Farmer Info

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is helping to support the future of agriculture by assisting in the creation of an information clearinghouse for beginning farmers. AFBF has teamed up with the Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Library to create the National Curriculum and Training Clearinghouse for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. The program will help those who have decided to pursue …

Farm Bureau

Farm Bureau Opposes New Climate Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

This week, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) debuted the “Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act,” an 821-page bill designed to “create clean energy jobs, reduce pollution, and protect American security by enhancing domestic energy production and combating global climate change,” as well as creating millions of green energy jobs. Part of that includes reducing carbon emissions …

Climate Change, Energy, Farm Bureau, Government

Changing Senate Ag Chairs

Cindy Zimmerman

It became official today that Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa will become chairman of the Senate health committee, replacing the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. The move means that Harkin will no longer be chairman of the agriculture committee, but says he will remain as a member of the committee which he has been on since 1985. “My dedication to the …

Farm Bureau, Government

Farm Bureau Social Media Perspective

Chuck Zimmerman

The American Farm Bureau Federation is having its annual Council of Presidents meeting in Boston, MA and I’m on location to do a presentation about social media this afternoon. During the lunch break I spoke with AFBF President, Bob Stallman, to get his perspective on the use of social media for an organization like his. Bob says, “We’ve always been …

Ag Group, Audio, Farm Bureau

Farm Bureau’s Stallman: Any Hungry Person is a Concern

John Davis

President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Bob Stallman, just finished up his part of a panel discussion at World Agricultural Forum, entitled Strategies, Actions & Policies for Long-Term Security in Agriculture & Food Production. Right at the outset, Stallman stressed the American farmers’ commitment to making sure that not only people in the U.S. are fed but that the …

Farm Bureau, Novus International, World Ag Forum