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AFBF and NFU Policy Panel at #Classic15

John Deere sponsored an ag policy panel at the 2015 Commodity Classic, moderated by our friend Sara Wyant with Agri-Pulse, and featuring the policy specialists from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU). Show More Summary

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David Korbelik has joined Beck Ag as Director of Business Development. The winner of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet announced at the American Farm Bureau Federation FUSION Conference in Nashville earlier this month is Levy Randolph of California. Show More Summary

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The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 23 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation. Dr. Kathleen A. Merrigan, who recently served as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, will join AGree as a Co-Chair, announced AGree Executive Director Deborah Atwood. Show More Summary

More Reaction to Proposed Dietary Guidelines

More comments are coming forward about the recently released Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Farm Bureau and some key politicians are not pleased about what they see as the committee’s overreach in the report that will be used for developing national nutrition policy by the federal government. Show More Summary

CIRB Hears of Challenging Year for Ag

American Farm Bureau Senior Director for Congressional Relations Mary Kay Thatcher told members of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau this week that she expects 2015 to be “a challenging year for agriculture.” “There seems to be a lot of emphasis on Capitol Hill about wanting to make budget cuts,” she explained. “We only have a couple of months before... Read More

Friday Odds and Ends

-Indianapolis-based Young & Laramore made this spot for Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, entitled “Pool,” which will broadcast regionally across Indiana leading up to the Super Bowl kickoff. -Mountain Dew is running a real-time Snapchat...Show More Summary

Farmers’ Data Could be Big Cash Crop

It’s said that knowledge is power, and now information could be a powerful cash crop for farmers. Attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show heard from Jason Tatge, current president,...Show More Summary

Farmers Need to Talk with Consumers to Build Trust

Having good conversations with consumers will be key if farmers want to build long-term trust in today’s food system. That was the message attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show heard from Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity (CFI). Show More Summary

Grain Shippers to Benefit from Rail Investment

Billions of dollars to improve service on one of the most important railroads for grain producers looks to resolve problems that hurt the grain industry last year. Attendees of the recent American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show heard from Greg Guthrie, director of ag products for BNSF, who updated them them on a $5 billion... Read More

AFB Women’s Leadership Program Elect Chair

Members of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Program elected Sherry Saylor (pictured right), an Arizona row crop farmer, to a two-year term as chair of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. Saylor and her husband, Rick, are partners in R&S Farms, where they grow cotton, wheat, alfalfa, and barley. Show More Summary

Farmers, Companies Shown Sustainability with Field to Market

An alliance for sustainable agriculture is giving farmers, companies and ag organizations what they need to measure sustainability and meet the needs of a booming global population. During the American Farm Bureau Federation’s recent...Show More Summary

Farm Bureau Supports Military Veteran Farmers

The American Farm Bureau annual meeting in San Diego featured a workshop for convention attendees on why creating effective mentorship relations for veteran farmers is so important. “Dedicated, Disciplined and Determined” highlighted some of the work of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Show More Summary

Next AFBF Convention in Orlando

As the 96th annual American Farm Bureau Federation Convention wrapped up this week, Florida Farm Bureau president John Hoblick was welcoming members to head for the 97th in the Sunshine State. “We’re really excited about convention coming...Show More Summary

Foundation for Agriculture’s Book of the Year

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its eighth annual “Book of the Year” award to Margaret McNamara for “The Apple Orchard Riddle.” In this playful and humorous story, the students learn a lot about apples and apple orchards – including how apples are harvested, how cider is made, and what the different varieties of apples are – while... Read More

AFBF Young Farmer Chair is 1st Generation

Jon Hegeman of White Plains, Alabama was elected as the new chairman of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers committee at the convention in San Diego. He will take over as chairman in February and serve for one year, also serving a one-year term on the AFBF board of directors. Hegeman and his wife Amy are first generation... Read More

American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

Although the American Farm Bureau is tied to conventional agriculture and its conservative base, the organization is worried about climate change - and it's preparing for the future impact that global warming will have on farming. The surprising move was driven

San Diego Sun Sets on AFBF Convention

The sun was just going down over the bay in San Diego when we walked out of the convention center at the conclusion of the business meeting of the 96th annual American Farm Bureau convention Tuesday after voting delegates approved resolutions for the coming year. AFBF president Bob Stallman held his traditional end of the meeting press conference with the... Read More

Climate change is laying waste to water supplies, warns Farm Bureau

A Farm Bureau bigwig warns that as Western snowpack dwindles, farmers must adapt.

AFBF Young Farmer and Rancher Awards

Winners of the Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture competitions were announced at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention Monday. Chris and Rebekah Pierce ofShow More Summary

FDA Official Provides Update at AFBF

Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor provided an update on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) at the American Farm Bureau convention this week in San Diego. Taylor says his agency is...Show More Summary

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