Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

Civil Eats: Reckoning with Opioids in Farm Country

News / In The News November 5, 2018

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In a recent article, Civil Eats cited Farm Town Strong, the joint AFBF-National Farmers Union campaign to raise awareness about the opioid crisis in rural America. Civil Eats noted, “It’s a dire situation that has put pressure on farming organizations and rural development agencies to step out of their comfort zones and address the crisis. Two national membership organizations, the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union, have banded together for the first time.”

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Behind every devastating drop in cattle, corn, ethanol and other crop futures, there are farm and ranch families with suddenly shaky futures.

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From dairy farmers with nowhere to send their milk and cattle ranchers reeling from plummeting beef prices, the impact of the coronavirus is rippling through farm country. Corn, cotton and soybean futures have tumbled, ethanol plants have been idled, and some fruit and vegetable farmers are finding their best option is leaving produce in the field.

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