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Aug
22
2014

Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge: Updated Eligibility Guidelines Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 22, 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 updated eligibility guidelines for the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.... LISTEN

 
Aug
21
2014

AFBF Again Urges Court to Restore State Authority in Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 21, 2014 – The American Farm Bureau Federation late yesterday asked a federal appellate court in Pennsylvania to reverse a lower court ruling that upheld pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay watershed imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.... LISTEN

 
Aug
21
2014

Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative Webinar: 'Finding and Using Business Information' Slated for Aug. 26

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 21, 2014 – The American Farm Bureau Federation, together with the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative, announces the second in a series of free online business training webinars for rural entrepreneurs and Farm Bureau members.... LISTEN

 

Newsline

Aug
28
2014

US Awaits Dispute Ruling on India’s Poultry Import Ban

The U.S. awaits translation of the ruling from a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel in regards to poultry imports to India. In 2012,the United States launched a WTO dispute, claiming India placed an unjustified ban on the import of U.S. poultry and live pigs. India denied there was a ban in place. Micheal Clements has the story.... LISTEN

 
Aug
26
2014

New Maps Show Potential Impact of Proposed WOTUS Rule

New interactive maps planned for release in September from the American Farm Bureau Federation will show just how far beyond its jurisdiction EPA is trying to go with its Waters of the U.S. proposal. Micheal Clements has the story.... LISTEN

 
Aug
21
2014

Farm Bureau Asks Court to Stop EPA Privacy Abuses

The American Farm Bureau Federation is seeking to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from releasing private data of farmers and ranchers. Farm Bureau argued last week in federal court that EPA disregarded privacy of farmers and ranchers when publicly releasing personal information last year. Micheal Clements has the story.... LISTEN

 

Focus On Agriculture

Aug
26
2014

Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Opens Doors for Community Success

Innovation and entrepreneurship are two words that are more likely to be associated with Silicon Valley than rural America. These two words, however, describe many small businesses in rural communities across the country according to Dr. Lisa Benson, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s director of rural development.

“Rural business owners have a unique comparative advantag.. Read More

 
Aug
20
2014

Food as a Weapon

We can only guess how the decision was made for Russia to ban food imports from most of the Western world, but perhaps it went something like this: President Vladimir Putin was sitting with some of his old pals from his KGB days. Putin was desperate for a way to retaliate against the West for its economic sanctions leveled against Russia for intervening to help the rebels in Ukraine. He asked f.. Read More

 
Aug
13
2014

Champions of Change for Agriculture Set a High Bar

“Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” This fitting phrase was offered by President Barack Obama to describe the 15 men and women who were recently named by the White House as “Champions of Change” for Agriculture. These champions include farmers, business leaders, lawyers, scientists and FFA members from across the nation whose innovation and dedication is buildi.. Read More