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Apr
24
2015

American Farm Bureau Appeals Flawed Privacy Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2015— The Environmental Protection Agency’s public release to environmental groups of personal details about the home locations and contact information of tens of thousands of farm and ranch families was unlawful. A lower court ruling that upheld the EPA action failed to address key privacy issues and should be reversed, according to court documents filed... READ MORE

 
Apr
24
2015

Farm Bureau Alarmed by Politicization of EU’s Food Approval Process

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2015 – The American Farm Bureau today praised the European Commission for its careful and scientific analysis in approving seventeen different genetically modified agricultural products for food and feed. The approval came in the face of fierce opposition by anti-science and anti-trade forces on the continent. Unfortunately, the EC today also undermined its pri... READ MORE

 
Apr
23
2015

American Farm Bureau Hails Senate Trade Promotion Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 23, 2015—The American Farm Bureau Federation today applauded the Senate Committee on Finance for its approval of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.

“We thank Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden for their leadership in introducing this important piece of legislation to extend trade promotion authority and ... READ MORE

 

Newsline

Apr
23
2015

TPA Leads To Important Trade Deals

The Senate Finance Committee passed trade promotion authority on Tuesday by a vote of 20 to 6 without any amendments. Now it’s onto the House Ways and Means Committee and then, hopefully soon, the Senate floor. Seanica Otterby has the story... LISTEN

 
Apr
21
2015

Ag Must Meet Misinformation Surrounding Water Use Head On

California farmers and ranchers face a dire water situation. California Governor Jerry Brown announced mandatory water cuts for urban users, which has caused the agriculture industry to be given some negative attention. Seanica Otterby has the story... LISTEN

 
Apr
16
2015

Lawmakers Should Repeal Misguided, Unfair Death Tax

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the estate tax, also known as the death tax, today. Seanica Otterby has the story... LISTEN

 

Focus On Agriculture

Apr
22
2015

Ag Sustainability Improvements Advance Through Shared Vision and Commitment

Though they seldom get credit for it, U.S. farmers are, in fact, decreasing their environmental footprint. Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, is helping farmers measure the environmental impact of farming, track and promote their improvement efforts, and share their progress with others in food and fiber supply chains.

Field to Market promotes a voluntary, collab... READ MORE

 
Apr
15
2015

Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations

My earliest engagement in agriculture was at age one-and-a-half, playing in a hayfield as it was being converted into a commercial vineyard. My parents aspired to diversify our farm in anticipation of a third generation—a task which was becoming ever more challenging in the face of urban sprawl and in view of neighborhoods that had once been orchards. Choosing a crop became as much a matt... READ MORE

 
Apr
8
2015

Answering Tough Ag Questions

Through social media, America’s farmers and ranchers explain why they do certain things when raising animals for food. This communication is not just one way. Facebook posts from the farm, tweets from the tractor seat and blogs from the “back 40” allow members of the non-farming public to ask questions on everything from how today’s food is grown to how it is processed a... READ MORE