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AFBF’s Newton to ABC News: Farmers are Losing Money Every Day They Can’t Plant

News / In The News June 4, 2019

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ABC News quoted Farm Bureau sources in an article on historic flooding in the Midwest. “The flooding this spring is the latest in a series of mounting concerns for American farmers in the last year, including lower demand for products amid trade disputes,” noted ABC News.

AFBF Chief Economist John Newton said “Farmers are on the front lines at a time when farm income's already pretty low. I think without these trade assistance packages we'd see a crisis across farm country."

Referring to decisions he has had to make on his farm due to the flooding, Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst said “It’s just one thing after another. This one you just sit around and watch it rain 'cause there's not a darn thing you can do about it."

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The following statement regarding USDA’s announced adjustment to the 2019 hay and grazing date for prevented planting acres can be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:

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Agri-Pulse’s Open Mic podcast interviewed AFBF chief economist Dr. John Newton June 16, 2019.

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