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Purple Plow Challenges Students’ Ideas on Soil

September 22, 2017 | Newsroom

Save the Soil is the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s latest Purple Plow Challenge.
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AFBF Submits Regulatory Reform Priorities

September 21, 2017 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation has submitted regulatory reform priorities to the Department of Agriculture. Micheal Clements has more.
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Cow Slaughter Surges

September 21, 2017 |

Beef cow slaughter has picked up. Is this the end of a four year expansion?

Coalition Asks Senators to Put HIT Relief in Health Care Bill

September 21, 2017 |

More than 30 organizations representing small business owners, their employees and the self-employed are urging a group of senators to include relief from the health insurance tax in their Affordable Care Act repeal and replace bill.

Tax Code Revamp Should Support the High-risk Agriculture Industry

September 20, 2017 |

As Congress gets to work on a tax code overhaul, Farm Bureau is calling for a fair and equitable tax system that encourages success, savings, investment and entrepreneurship for all farm and ranch businesses.

Purple Plow Challenge Summer Winner Announced

September 20, 2017 | Newsroom

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has recognized one school as the Purple Plow Challenge winner for the summer season of the maker-space contest.
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Staying Above the Fray on Social Media

September 20, 2017 |

Keeping a discussion on social media constructive can be a real challenge, especially when the other side goes negative, or even hostile. But nobody wins in an online shouting match

Hurricane Irma Brings Agricultural Disaster to Florida

September 20, 2017 | Newsline

Farmers and ranchers in Florida are faced with an agricultural disaster following the wrath of Hurricane Irma. Micheal Clements has more.
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Disasters Show Importance of Ag Risk Management Tools

September 20, 2017 |

Mother Nature is an unreliable farming partner. Sometimes the weather helps, but too often it also hurts us.

Cash Rents Move Lower Across Corn Belt

Irrigated Cash Rents Are Record-High

September 19, 2017 |

With lower commodity prices in recent years, many have wondered when asset values in cropland, farm real estate and cash rents would begin to decline in proportion to the declines in farm cash income. Prior to 2013, the correlation between cash rental rates and net cash income was nearly 90 percent. However, since 2013, a much lower level of correlation -- driven by low real estate interest rates -- has been observed at 22 percent, Figure 1. USDA’s most recent survey of cash rents along with the annual Land Values Summary confirmed that cropland, farm real estate and cash rental rates remain slow to adjust to this new period of lower farm income.

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