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Dec
17
2014

National YF&R Committee Members Appointed

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 17, 2014 – The American Farm Bureau Federation has appointed new members to its national Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for the 2015-2017 term beginning in March. The committee is comprised of 16 positions representing all regions of the U.S. An individual or a couple may hold each committee position.... READ MORE

 
Dec
17
2014

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Normalization of Relations with Cuba

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 17, 2014 – “The American Farm Bureau Federation strongly supports President Obama’s move toward normalized relations with Cuba. Farm Bureau has long called for a removal of trade restrictions with Cuba, and we believe expanded trade with the U.S. can serve as a cornerstone for additional reforms.... READ MORE

 
Dec
17
2014

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Passage of Tax Extenders Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 17, 2014 – “Passage of H.R. 5771 means farmers and ranchers are one step closer to tax laws that will let them reinvest in their businesses. Farm Bureau now urges the President to sign these temporary provisions into law for 2014.... READ MORE

 

Newsline

Dec
18
2014

Normal Relations With Cuba Could Open Untapped Export Markets

New agricultural trade markets are likely to develop under the president’s plan for normalized relations with Cuba. Micheal Clements has more... LISTEN

 
Dec
16
2014

Year-End Legislation Bars Sage Grouse Protection

Legislation passed by Congress will delay a potential listing of the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act. Micheal Clements has more... LISTEN

 
Dec
11
2014

Farm Bureau Member Asks House Subcommittee To Pass Safe And Accurate Food Labeling Act

A Kansas Farm Bureau board member testified before a House subcommittee this week in favor of passing the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. Micheal Clements has more... LISTEN

 

Focus On Agriculture

Dec
17
2014

Rural Entrepreneurship, Alive and Well

Rural entrepreneurship got a boost earlier this year when the American Farm Bureau Federation, together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative, launched the first-ever Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.

More than 200 applicants threw their hats in the ring to compete for prize money, totaling $85,000, to implement t... READ MORE

 
Dec
10
2014

Ag Youth Programs Growing Next Generation of Leaders

They are eager to learn and getting ready to lead. They are the members of the National FFA Organization. Fewer and fewer are from farms, but their ranks are growing … a lot.

Millennials are often generations removed from any direct connection to farming. Yet, record numbers of young people are putting on iconic, blue corduroy FFA jackets, as the organization has become a pipelin... READ MORE

 
Dec
3
2014

Pressure Easing on Farmland Conversion

The Great Recession had many economic consequences, most of them bad, some still lingering,   but the recession also helped slow the conversion of farmland to development. Typically, when farmland is developed it is turned into housing tracts, shopping malls, roads, other public works projects, golf courses and the like.

All of these activities were impacted by the recession. ... READ MORE