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AFBF 97th Annual Meeting Coming up Soon

The American Farm Bureau Federation 97th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show is just around the corner now in Orlando, Florida, on January 11, 2016. With the simple theme “The Future of Agriculture,” the 2016 meeting will feature “Shark Tank” investor Barbara Corcoran giving the keynote address. Show More Summary

Why we should eat Thanksgiving food every week

Every year, the American Farm Bureau, a lobbying group, reports on the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner. Recently, 138 volunteers in 32 states hunted down grocery store prices for a traditional menu including a 16-pound turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, green beans, cranberries, sweet potatoes, and rolls. The total came out to $50.11 to feed a party […]

Thanksgiving dinner will cost you more this year

Thanksgiving is going to cost a bit more this year. The American Farm Bureau Federation's annual inflation price survey of traditional Thanksgiving grub found that the average cost of this year's dinner for ten is $50.11. That would be a $0.70 increase from last year's average of $49.41. Show More Summary

#NAFB15 Last Trade Talk for AFBF President

It’s been 16 years that Bob Stallman has represented the American Farm Bureau Federation as president and he’s been at NAFB Trade Talk for most, if not all, of those years. But this year will be his last as president since he announced earlier this year he will be retiring from the post – to do whatever he wants. “I... Read More

North Dakota Farm Bureau: Let Bad Farmers Fail

The North Dakota Farm Bureau opposes a new loan program from the Bank of North Dakota aimed at helping farmers hurt by low crop prices.

Farm Bureau Creates ‘The Buzz’ Over Educational Game

A new educational game offered for free by Farm Bureau is creating quite the buzz about pollinators. This news release from the group says “The Buzz,” a new interactive and educational game, recently released by the American Farm Bureau...Show More Summary

Farm Bureau Wants EPA Micromanagement Stopped

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and a coalition of agricultural and builder groups have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) micromanagement of local land use and development decisions. Show More Summary

Ag Groups Welcome Ryan as Speaker

Agricultural organizations are pleased with the election of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to succeed Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. American Farm Bureau Federation president Bob Stallman says they look forward to working with the new speaker. Show More Summary

Bipartisan Bill Helps Farmers & Machinery

U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced bipartisan legislation, supported by both the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union, to help farmers purchase new equipment and replace worn-out machinery by amending the U.S. Show More Summary

Farm Bureau Releases Food & Ag Resource Guide for Education

Ag educators will have another tool in their belts to teach young rural and urban students agricultural literacy. This news release from the American Farm Bureau Foundation says the group has released a new Food & Ag Resource Guide, a curated list that features top recommended resources by age group. “People in the agricultural community are often invited into local... Read More

Farm Bureau: Take Advantage of Fall Beauty for Photo Contest!

This is truly the most beautiful time of the year, and the American Farm Bureau Federation is reminding you not to let it go by without snapping some great pictures. And while you’ve got those great pics, you might as well enter them in the Farm Bureau Photo Contest, open to all state and county Farm Bureau members and staff... Read More

Poll Shows Support for Change to Endangered Species Act

A new poll shows that Americans are in favor of some updates to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Farm Bureau cites a Morning Consult poll that shows most people in the U.S. believe the law is outdated and needs to be revised. The survey shows: · 63 percent of Americans support modernizing the ESA; · 62 of Americans believe the... Read More

Ag Groups React to EPA Farmworker Standards Update

Ag groups are reacting to the Environmental Protection Agency’s final revisions to the Worker Protection Standard. The American Farm Bureau Federation worries the government is getting away from a science-based approach in guarding against risk. Show More Summary

Fall Market Basket Survey from @FarmBureau

We’re seeing lower food prices at the grocery store than we did a year ago this time, according to a new survey just released from the American Farm Bureau Federation. Lower retail prices for several foods, including whole milk, cheddar cheese, bacon and apples resulted in a slight decrease in the 2015 Fall Harvest Market Basket Survey. The informal survey... Read More

MO & IL Farm Bureaus Support STL Science Center

Farmers are helping tell the story of agriculture through a new exhibit at the Saint Louis Science Center. The Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation for Agriculture presented a check for $250,000 to the Science Center on September 11, 2015, for use in developing the new exhibit set to open in the summer of 2016. The donation was part of a... Read More

Illinois Farm Bureau Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) is celebrating its 100 anniversary in 2016 and during the Farm Progress Show, kicked off its celebrations with a press conference where President Rich Guebert discussed some of their milestones, upcoming celebratory events, and highlights of key areas of emphasis for the organization. Show More Summary

MO Farm Bureau Speaks Out Against Over Regulation

The Missouri Farm Bureau has put together interactive maps to give a feel of how the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that goes into effect this weekend will impact the state. Well over 95% of the state of Missouri will qualify as a water of the U.S. under this rule. I spoke with Blake Hurst, president of the... Read More

MO Farm Bureau Takes WOTUS to the Fair Again

You might remember that Missouri Farm Bureau held a “Ditch the Rule” press conference last year at the State Fair featuring three members of the state’s Congressional delegation. With the controversial rule now finalized and scheduled...Show More Summary

AI caused $1.2 billion losses in Iowa, report finds

The US state of Iowa took an economic hit of about $1.2 billion stemming from the death of more than 30 million hens and 1.5 million turkeys because of avian flu this past spring, a report commissioned by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) confirms.

Farm Bureau: EPA Massively Increasing Its Authority

New maps released by Farm Bureau shows the federal government is massively increasing its authority at the cost of American producers. This news release from the group says the Environmental Protection Agency will radically expand its jurisdiction over land use if its controversial Waters of the United States rule takes effect as expected Aug. Show More Summary

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