AFBF Confident Congress Will Fully Fund Agriculture

May 25th, 2017 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation expressed confidence agriculture lawmakers will stand up to proposed budget cuts by President Donald Trump. Micheal Clements has more.
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House Passes Pesticide Application Fix Legislation

May 25th, 2017 |

In a strong bipartisan vote, the House yesterday approved a Farm Bureau-supported bill clarifying congressional intent regarding regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters.

Farmers at Low Risk of Being Replaced by Computers

May 24th, 2017 |

It’s a job-seekers’ market this year with the unemployment rate slowly declining and job creation at a high level, but how long will these jobs last? Computerization, robotics and artificial intelligence will bring a sea change to the workplace over the next couple of decades, creating new occupations and eliminating some current ones.

Agriculture Can’t Balance the Budget Alone

May 24th, 2017 |

This week, President Trump sent to Congress a proposal to slash the USDA budget by more than $228 billion over 10 years, including $38 billion from farm programs.

AFBF Asks Administration to Withdraw Proposed Changes to Estate Tax Discount Valuation

May 23rd, 2017 |

As the Treasury Department reviews all the significant tax regulations issued on or after Jan. 1, 2016, farmers and ranchers are calling on the administration to withdraw proposed changes that would limit the use of discount valuation for estate tax purposes.

White House’s Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Key USDA Programs

May 23rd, 2017 |

Proposing to carve more than $4 billion out of the Agriculture Department’s budget, the administration’s 2018 spending blueprint fails to recognize agriculture’s current financial challenges or its historical contribution to deficit reduction, according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.

Proposed Ag Budget Fails Farmers, Ranchers, Farm Bureau President Says

May 23rd, 2017 | Newsroom

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:
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The 2017 Census of Ag is Nearly Upon Us

May 23rd, 2017 |

The structure and management of family farms can be as complicated as major corporations, involving multiple generations and branches of the family tree. Or a family farm could involve parents and their children, structured as a partnership. A family farm could be siblings who have taken over most management functions, but their elderly parent is still considered the head of the operation. We know there are countless ways family farms are configured and managed, but the diversity easily observable on farms around the country is often missing from the data collected through the Census of Agriculture. Some exciting changes in the 2017 Census of Agriculture will attempt to capture more nuances in demographics.

AFBF Looking Forward to NAFTA Renegotiation

May 23rd, 2017 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation is looking forward to the renegotiation of NAFTA. Micheal Clements has more.
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U.S. Milk Production Continues to Climb

May 22nd, 2017 |

Prices have eased off the two-year high set in December 2016, and domestic milk production continues to grow.

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