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Feb
25
2015

Farm Bureau Honors PAL Graduates for Leadership Achievement

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 25, 2015 – A group of 10 outstanding young farm and ranch leaders was honored today by the American Farm Bureau Federation as graduates of the organization’s seventh Partners in Agricultural Leadership class. The young agricultural leaders were recognized during AFBF’s Advocacy Conference. PAL is designed to help agricultural leaders accelerate their... READ MORE

 
Feb
25
2015

Farmers, Ranchers Call on Capitol Hill to Address Agriculture’s Needs

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 25, 2015 – Nearly 500 Farm Bureau members from across America are visiting policymakers on Capitol Hill today to discuss the most pressing issues facing agriculture.

Today’s meetings come at the conclusion of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Advocacy Conference. Farmers and ranchers representing nearly all commodities from 43 states gath... READ MORE

 
Feb
24
2015

California Resident Wins YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 24, 2015 – 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. Randolph was awarded the top prize following a discussion on balancing concerns about food insecurity and the environmental imp... READ MORE

 

Newsline

Feb
26
2015

Adapting Advocacy Efforts Vital For Effective Change

More than 500 Farm Bureau members from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. this week to learn how to better advocate for their passion, agriculture. Seanica Otterby has more... LISTEN

 
Feb
24
2015

Share, Learn And Connect Through Social Media

For the past several years, agriculturalists have been told they need to share their story with the general public. But one social media specialist says it’s really about learning, sharing and connecting. Seanica Otterby has more. .. LISTEN

 
Feb
19
2015

FAA Proposed Drones Rule Good First Step

The Federal Aviation Administration recently released a proposed rule on drones. Seanica Otterby reports... LISTEN

 

Focus On Agriculture

Feb
25
2015

A Few Tasty Reasons to Reconsider GMOs

Pests are nothing new: They have often disrupted agriculture in the past. However, two unique aspects of our times exacerbate such risks.

With ever-increasing global travel and commerce, new exotic pathogens, weeds and insects are spread around the world at a faster rate than ever before. Additionally, as climate changes, pests are often able to thrive in new places or at different time... READ MORE

 
Feb
18
2015

The Fear of Running Out of Farmers

A demographic study of farming and ranching in Wyoming forecasts there will be no operators under the age of 35 by the year 2033. The study in Rangelands, a publication of the Society for Range Management, found that the average age of farmers has increased in every county in Wyoming since 1920, and will reach 60 by the year 2050. Based on these results, the authors predict a bleak farming futu... READ MORE

 
Feb
10
2015

Portmania: Pileup at the West Coast Ports Continues

U.S.-grown apples and pears rot on the docks never again to see the light of day. Bins normally piled high with U.S. produce at markets across Asia are looking scant. Storage facilities across the country are packed with tons of meat that should be on dinner plates around the world. Why? Loading docks from Seattle to San Diego—once bustling with activity—are now moving with all the ... READ MORE