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A Common Tragedy

“The demand we’re placing on the aquifer and the deep bedrock drilling, which is going on at an alarmingly fast pace, is really scary,” said Tricia Blattler, executive director of the Tulare County Farm Bureau. “Folks are really concerned we’re not going to be able find water in the groundwater...

6 Tips for Successfully Coaching a Youth Sports Team

This post is sponsored by State Farm. Meet assisting’s new starting five: the National Bureau of Assists. What is this? Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Mike McInelly. As the youngest of 4 athletic brothers and a 3-sport all-state sister, I grew up being towed around to hundreds of my siblings’ games and tournaments. […]

Farm Bureau: Food Prices Up About 1%

Shoppers are paying a bit more for their groceries this spring. A new survey from Farm Bureau shows that meat and orange juice are the biggest contributors to an increase of 60 cents of a $53.87 grocery bill on 16 food items, or about of 1 percent, in the group’s Spring Picnic Marketbasket survey. “Several meat items increased in price,... Read More

Farm group rips de Blasio's proposed carriage horse ban

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The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling on Mayor de Blasio to drop his plans to ban the horse and carriage industry from the city.

Young Farmers Still Concerned About Adequate Land

A new survey shows that young farmers are still worried about getting adequate land to grow crops and raise animals. This news release from the American Farm Bureau Federation says the group’s annual outlook survey of participants in...Show More Summary

House Panel Hears Testimony on WOTUS

Representatives of agricultural organizations unanimously condemned the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule during a hearing held Tuesday by the House Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry. American Farm Bureau Federation...Show More Summary

Schmacon Inventor Ready for Retail

The inventor of Schmacon accepted a challenge to do better than the turkey bacon he and a friend were eating one day. So he invented “Beef’s Answer to Bacon – Schmacon.” If you attended this year’s American Farm Bureau Federation convention you might remember being able to sample it. You can read his full story here (pdf). Smokey, sweet and... Read More

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

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