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Legislation Would Bring Needed Transparency to Cattle Markets

March 4, 2021 | Newsline

Legislation introduced in the Senate would create more transparency in cattle markets. Micheal Clements shares how the bill aligns with priorities set by Farm Bureau members.
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Farm Bureau Driving Safety Home During Ag Safety Awareness Program Week

March 2, 2021 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation is reminding farmers and ranchers about the importance of safety and health as part of Ag Safety Awareness Program Week. Micheal Clements shares how Farm Bureau is helping keep farmers and ranchers and their communities safe during planting season and throughout the year.
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Farm Bureau Supports Cattle Market Transparency

March 2, 2021 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling on lawmakers to require increased transparency in America’s cattle markets. AFBF supports the Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2021, sponsored by Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). The bill focuses on ensuring robust regionally negotiated cash trade and providing producers with more pricing information.
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2021 Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week is Driving Safety Home

February 25, 2021 | News Releases

WASHINGTON, February 25, 2021 – Farm Bureaus across the nation are preparing for Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, Feb. 28 – March 6. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting ag safety this week with the theme “Driving Safety Home.”
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Farmers Hold Unique Position to Fight Climate Change

February 25, 2021 | Newsline

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall Thursday told lawmakers farmers are part of the solution to climate change. Micheal Clements shares how farmers are already contributing to climate smart practices and how they can help in the future.
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AFBF President Zippy Duvall Testimony for House Agriculture Committee

February 25, 2021 | News Releases

Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, my name is Zippy Duvall. I am a third-generation farmer and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, and I am pleased to offer this testimony, on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation and Farm Bureau members across this country.
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AFBF Applauds CFAP Application Deadline Extension

February 25, 2021 | News Releases

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on USDA’s decision to extend the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) application deadline. AFBF sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting an extension for farmers and ranchers. “AFBF applauds Secretary Vilsack for his swift response to our call for an extension to the CFAP application deadline. Coronavirus aid is a lifeline for farmers and ranchers who are suffering from losses due to the pandemic. Recent severe weather and the suspension of CFAP payments led to challenges and confusion surrounding the application process. The extra time will help ensure America’s farmers have the opportunity to apply for help. “We encourage USDA to quickly complete its review of CFAP so resources can be distributed to the people who are working to feed families across the country.”
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Farmers Need More Time to Apply for CFAP

February 24, 2021 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking USDA to extend the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). In January, an additional $13 billion in assistance was made available to help farmers and ranchers who are suffering losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current deadline is this Friday, February 26, but recent severe weather and the suspension of CFAP payments led to challenges and confusion surrounding the application process.
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AFBF Supports Legislation to Double CCC Borrowing Limit

February 23, 2021 | Newsline

New legislation introduced by Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) would give a much-needed boost to the Commodity Credit Corporation. Micheal Clements shares more on how the increased funding could help agriculture.
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Farm Bureau Congratulates Tom Vilsack on Confirmation

February 23, 2021 | News Releases

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the confirmation of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture.
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