Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture


AFBF Calls on Congress to Support Wildfire Legislation

September 17, 2020 | Newsline

American Farm Bureau Federation is urging lawmakers to support legislation to address wildfires. Micheal Clements shares how the bill seeks to reduce the impact of wildfires in the future.
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Sen. Blunt Honored with Farm Bureau Golden Plow Award

September 17, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation and Missouri Farm Bureau today presented Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) with AFBF’s Golden Plow award.
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AFBF Supports Wildfire Mitigation Efforts

September 16, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation and 13 state Farm Bureaus are asking Congress to give federal land management agencies additional tools and resources to prevent and recover from catastrophic wildfires. The Farm Bureaus sent a letter to Senate leadership in support of the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020. The bipartisan legislation being considered today will expedite forest management, accelerate post-fire restoration and reforestation, and remove dead and dangerous wood from national forests.
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Farm Bureau Asking Congress to Ensure USDA has Tools to Help Farmers

September 15, 2020 | Newsline

Farm groups are asking Congress to ensure the USDA has the tools to help farmers. Chad Smith tells us they’re requesting a replenishment to the Commodity Credit Corporation.
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USDA Needs Tools to Help Farmers

September 15, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation and 41 other agriculture organizations are asking Congress to ensure the USDA has the tools necessary to help farmers in times of crisis. The group sent a letter to House and Senate leadership requesting they immediately provide replenishment for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) through the continuing resolution. Without immediate replenishment, funding for farm bill programs could run out while farmers struggle against low commodity prices, natural disasters and the coronavirus pandemic.
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AFBF Launches Election Toolkit for Voters

September 10, 2020 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation is helping voters navigate the challenges of making sure their voice is heard in the 2020 election. Micheal Clements tells us about a new online toolkit to help farmers and ranchers.
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Trump, Biden Outline Agricultural Priorities

September 9, 2020 | News Releases

A new look into the priorities for rural America of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is revealed in responses to a questionnaire distributed by the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF asked the Republican and Democratic candidates to respond with their stances on several topics directly affecting America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities, including trade, labor, regulatory reform and sustainability.
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Farm-to-Retail Price Spread Widens

September 8, 2020 | Newsline

The COVID-19 pandemic created a record gap between what consumers pay for beef and pork and the money received by farmers. Micheal Clements tells us how large the disparity is.
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Increased China Sales Still Not on Pace

September 3, 2020 | Newsline

New trade data shows China buying more U.S. commodities. However, Micheal Clements tells us those sales aren’t on pace with trade commitments.
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Investigation is Positive Step Toward Fixing Trade Imbalances

September 2, 2020 | News Releases

The USDA, United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) office and the U.S. Department of Commerce are taking action to remedy damage caused to America’s produce farmers by increased imports from other countries. USTR is requesting the International Trade Commission focus on blueberries. Imports of fresh fruits and vegetables have increased dramatically over the past 25 years, driving down prices for domestically grown produce.
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