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Jul
29
2014
USDA Urged to Restore Official Inspection Services at Pacific Northwest Port

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29, 2014 – Citing the “extremely troubling precedent” being set, 22 national, regional and state agricultural producer, commodity and agribusiness organizations have urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take immediate action to restore official grain inspection and weighing services at the Port of Vancouver, Wash.... READ MORE

 
Jul
29
2014
FB Members Honored as 'Champions of Change' for Ag

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29, 2014 – The White House and Agriculture Department honored several Farm Bureau members as “Champions of Change” for Agriculture today. The honorees are leaders from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to build a strong foundation for the next generation of farming and ranching.... READ MORE

 
Jul
29
2014
Something for Everyone at the IDEAg Minnesota Farmfest

SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS, July 29, 2014 – The 2014 edition of IDEAg Minnesota Farmfest features something of interest to everyone, with many new products, political forums and educational sessions along with all the things that the show has become famous for over the past 30 years. The show takes place Aug. 5-7 in Morgan, Minnesota.... READ MORE

 
Jul
29
2014
Premium Ride & Drive Demos at IDEAg Minnesota Farmfest

SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS, July 29, 2014 – IDEAg Minnesota Farmfest, slated for Aug. 5-7 in Morgan, Minnesota, will feature premium demo options for the first time as part of its already extensive Ride & Drive showcase. Chevrolet, Graham Tire and Haug Implement will bring the latest technologies and products to the show for a top-notch attendee experience.... READ MORE

 
Jul
24
2014
First Annual Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Launched

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 24, 2014 – The American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas today announced the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The first-of-its-kind challenge provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and busi... READ MORE

 

Newsline

Jul
29
2014
Connecting Urban Students to Agriculture

Urban students connected with agriculture when the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture hosted an interactive booth at the 20th Annual YMCA Thingamajig Invention Convention. Seanica Otterby has the story.... LISTEN

 
Jul
24
2014
Farm Bureau Launches Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation sees rural entrepreneurship as the key to creating successful rural communities for the future. That’s why AFBF has partnered with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative to launch the first-of-its-kind Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Seanica Otterby has the story.... LISTEN

 
Jul
22
2014
Overcoming Challenges Surrounding Biotechnology

For more than 20 years, biotechnology has helped farmers increase productivity to meet the food demands of a growing population. Although it continues to face consumer criticism, the future of biotechnology looks bright. Seanica Otterby has the story.... LISTEN

 

AFBF Commentary

Jun
11
2014
The Logic of Investing During a Drought

Ten years ago, most of us couldn’t have dreamed of the smartphones we carry around in our pockets today. Twitter hadn’t been invented; Facebook was in its infancy. But scientists were already working to develop the newest, most adapted varieties for this year’s crops. ... READ MORE

 
Jun
4
2014
Cutting Regulations to Stimulate the Economy - #DitchTheRule

Billionaires don’t always say the smartest things, but one of them has a smart idea. At the Forbes Reinventing America Summit, billionaire real estate developer Sam Zell said, “If you want to see the economy go wild just cut all the regulations in half.” ... READ MORE

 
May
28
2014
Arkansas Dairy Supports #DitchTheRule

After little rain in the month of April, mud puddles and water standing in the pastures and fields are a welcome sight. This has always been a very expected outcome after a good rain in Northwest Arkansas! ... READ MORE