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Mar
26
2015

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Key Senate Votes on WOTUS

“Key votes this week in the Senate delivered a resounding message that the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is flawed in both substance and process. Senators indicated they will not tolerate outlandish regulatory actions that disregard established law, and by their action put federal regulators on notice that the rule is simply unacceptable.

“The Senate action amplifies the ... READ MORE

 
Mar
25
2015

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2015 – “State-led mandatory food labeling initiatives mislead consumers about the safety of GM foods, even though there is no credible evidence linking a food-safety or health risk to the consumption of GM foods. These state labeling initiatives mask the benefits of biotechnology in food production and can lead to decreased food supplies. Creating a natio... READ MORE

 
Mar
25
2015

Farm Bureau Urges New York Mayor to Rein in Carriage Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2015 – Writing that horse caretakers take pride in protecting the health and safety of their animals and horse-drawn carriages are iconic guides to many American cities, the American Farm Bureau Federation has called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to withdraw his proposed ban on historic horse-drawn carriages in New York City.

“This valued tradition allo... READ MORE

 

Newsline

Mar
24
2015

Drones Could Be Valuable Tool For Farmers, Ranchers

Drones are an important piece of technology. Like any new technology in agriculture, drones can help farmers improve their profitability, environmental stewardship and global competitiveness. Seanica Otterby has more... LISTEN

 
Mar
19
2015

Young Farmers Optimistic Despite Several Concerns

According to the 2015 American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Young Farmers and Ranchers outlook survey, about one-third of young farmers and ranchers surveyed, ages 18 to 35, are most concerned about the availability of land to grow their crops and raise their animals. Seanica Otterby has more... LISTEN

 
Mar
17
2015

AFBF Outlines Appropriations Key For Agriculture

Congress has started working on a 2016 budget resolution and there are a variety of programs important to agriculture... LISTEN

 

Focus On Agriculture

Mar
25
2015

Mythbusting GMOs

The population is growing and many ask how it will be possible to feed 9 billion to 10 billion people by 2050. Owen Paterson, member of the British Parliament and former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the U.K., is posing a different question, however: “How do we feed them well?”

Addressing the Annual South African Agricultural Biotechnology Ind... READ MORE

 
Mar
18
2015

Desperate for Water

If all the snow that fell in the Boston area this winter had been shipped to California, it would have yielded an estimated 6 billion gallons of water. While Boston was running out of places to pile snow, the drought-stricken West would have gladly received it. Eastern cities broke records for snowfall and cold temperatures, but snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountain range was incredibly low.READ MORE

 
Mar
11
2015

Bees Please: Cooperation Needed to Protect a Vital Food Supply Link

Few people think about bees beyond positive images of honey and beautiful flowers or unpleasant memories of stings and pesky disruptions at picnics. Yet, each day we reap the benefit of these little workers, as bees provide one mouthful of food out of every three bites we take.

For several years, there has been growing concern that honey bees are under increased stress. Losses of both m... READ MORE