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#AFBF17 Looks at Immigration Reform

A panel recently addressed the issue of immigration reform at the American Farm Bureau Federation‘s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. Tom Hertz, an economist from the Department of Agriculture and Mark Delich, director of congressional...Show More Summary

USFRA at #AFBF17

One of the new exhibitors at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in Phoenix this week was the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), a groups that AFBF was instrumental in creating five years ago. Show More Summary

NASDA and @FarmBureau Presidents Town Hall

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall held a town hall meeting with National Association of State Departments of Agriculture President and Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain this week at the 2017 Annual Convention...Show More Summary

Farm Bill Talk at #AFBF17

There was a lot of interest in the development of the next farm bill at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting this week in Phoenix. A session on the topic featuring a couple of top agriculture committee staffers was standing room only. AFBF Senior Director of Congressional Relations Mary Kay Thatcher, who moderated the session, says Congress has a... Read More

#AFBF17 is a Wrap

The 98th American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting came to a close yesterday after the voting delegate session where members set policy for the coming year. Delegates approved policy resolutions on a number of issues including crop...Show More Summary

We All Want Safe Food – Food Safety Rule Challenges

Bob Ehart, senior policy and science advisor with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), spoke to farmers and ranchers during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Show More Summary

#AFBF17 Panel Discusses Sustainability

One of agriculture’s biggest frustrations is sustainability; not because we aren’t doing it, but because others are defining it for us, says Katie Heger, a farmer serving on American Farm Bureau Federation‘s Dirt on Sustainability panel. Show More Summary

#AFBF17 Young Farmer and Rancher Awards

Young farmers and ranchers from across the nation competed in three categories: the Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture.  Winners were announced during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. Show More Summary

#AFBF17 Honors Entrepreneurs

The American Farm Bureau Federation Entrepreneur of the Year is Vertical Harvest Hydroponics of Alaska and team leads Linda Janes and Dan Perpich. Janes and Perpich came out the winner over three other finalists and took home a total...Show More Summary

Meet New @FarmBureau YF&R Chair

Kalena Bruce of southwest Missouri was elected as the 2017 chairperson of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee during the AFBF annual meeting in Phoenix this week. Bruce will take over as chair in February, at the end of the committee’s leadership conference, and serve for one year and will also serve on the AFBF board of... Read More

Crop Outlook from #AFBF17

Dr. Pat Westhoff of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri brought attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation‘s Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show an outlook for the 2017-2018 crop demand. Show More Summary

Agri-Pulse Announces Farm Bill Series and Summit

At the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual meeting this week, Agri-Pulse announced a new partnership with multiple agricultural organizations for an in-depth editorial series on the next farm bill and a Farm Bill Summit to be held at the National Press Club on March 20. Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant says the series will be called “The Seven Things You... Read More

Exploring the New Political Landscape at #AFBF17

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States has ushered in a whole new political landscape, which was discussed during one of the sessions early Monday morning at the American Farm Bureau Federation 2017 Annual Convention. Show More Summary

Daryl Lies: North Dakota Farm Bureau Backs Scott Pruitt for EPA Chief

Scott Pruitt, attorney general of Oklahoma, arrives to meet with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, Dec. 7, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid NDFB has vigorously opposed President Obama’s activist EPA, and for good reason. Show More Summary

#AFBF17 Starts Founders Award

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) instituted a new award at the 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in Phoenix this week – the Farm Bureau Founders Award to recognize exemplary leadership, service or contributions to Farm Bureau by officers or employees of AFBF and state Farm Bureau organizations. The first honoree of the new award is James Quinn,... Read More

Stallman Honored for AFBF Service

Former American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) president Bob Stallman was honored with for his 16 years at the helm of the organization with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award, during the 98th annual convention in Phoenix. “I never felt like it was a sacrifice,” Stallman said, encouraging others to be involved in the organization. Show More Summary

Purple Plow Promotes STEM Learning

I’ve never seen a purple plow, but the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has just launched the Purple Plow Challenge site for middle-school students to research scenarios related to food, hunger and sustainability. “The Purple Plow Challenge is a great fit for individuals, groups and classes in grades 6, 7 and 8. Show More Summary

I AM @USFRA – TX Farm Bureau

A half million members strong, the Texas Farm Bureau is one of 25 state farm bureaus that are affiliate members of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and president Russell Boening says it helps them connect with consumers in the Lone Star State. “USFRA has done such a good job of communicating our message of modern agriculture to consumers,”... Read More

Statoil Wins NY Offshore Wind Rights for $42M

Norwegian state-owned oil company Statoil is the winning bidder for the right to build a wind farm across nearly 80,000 acres off the coast of New York. The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s auction...Show More Summary

4-H and AFBF Partner for Ag Education

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National 4-H Council have announce a new partnership to support agricultural education.  The partnership will highlight the impact of agriculture  on our everyday lives, as well as encourage youth to be excited about the industry and empower them with opportunities to improve the world around them. Show More Summary

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