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Phase One Agreement with China Boosts U.S. Exports

September 28, 2021 | Newsline

The latest trade numbers show strong U.S. agricultural exports despite transportation challenges. Micheal Clements shares more.
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AFBF, NPPC File Prop 12 Appeal to Supreme Court

September 27, 2021 | News Releases

The National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation today petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take their case against California’s Proposition 12, which would ban the sale of pork from hogs that don’t meet the state’s “arbitrary” production standards.
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U.S. Farm & Biofuel Leaders to White House: Pull EPA Back From the Brink

September 23, 2021 | News Releases

America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on the White House to take immediate action to address reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may soon seek to destroy demand for billions of gallons of low-carbon biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The following joint statement was issued by the Advanced Biofuels Business Council, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, and Renewable Fuels Association: “While a formal proposal has not been released, the expected standards would destroy a decade of progress on low-carbon biofuels and brazenly violate the promises that President Biden made to farmers, green voters, and his own allies in Congress. “We are deeply concerned that this administration is favoring the oil industry over the environment, rural communities, and hardworking farmers by providing handouts that eclipse those obtained by fossil fuel advocates under the previous administration. A move to cut U.S. biofuel requirements would be a devastating blow to rural families and derail this White House’s plan to decarbonize the transportation and agriculture sectors. Reports even suggest the agency could eliminate renewable fuels from past obligations, effectively giving select petroleum companies a retroactive license to force more fossil fuels into the U.S. energy mix. “We urge the president to ensure the EPA avoids a mistake that would undermine the Biden-Harris administration’s relationship with farmers, biofuel producers, and climate advocates across rural America.”
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Rail Safety Week Bringing Awareness to Railroad Crossing Dangers

September 23, 2021 | Newsline

Operation Lifesaver dedicates this week to keep you safe at railroad crossings. Micheal Clements shares more on why this week is important.
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Farmers and Ranchers to Engage in Global Climate Conversation

September 21, 2021 | Newsline

The UN Food Systems Summit will hear first-hand from an American farmer about U.S. advances in climate-smart agriculture. Micheal Clements shares more on how American agriculture fits in the global climate discussion.
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Colorado River Water Shortage Declaration Means Water Cuts

September 16, 2021 | Newsline

Farmers and ranchers who depend on the Colorado River face water cuts following a water shortage declaration. Micheal Clements shares what this means for those producers.
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Feeding Minds Press Releases New Children’s Book

September 14, 2021 | Newsline

The latest book from Feeding Minds Press, the Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s publishing venture, helps children learn about life on the farm. Micheal Clements shares more.
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New Book Gives Kids Glimpse of a ‘Barn at Night’

September 14, 2021 | News Releases

A new children’s book is now available for families searching for a captivating agriculture story to share. “Barn at Night,” featuring lyrical poetry and glowing watercolors, is now available from Feeding Minds Press, the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s publishing venture.
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AFBF Welcomes Nomination of Elaine Trevino for Chief Agricultural Negotiator

September 13, 2021 | News Releases

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the nomination of Elaine Trevino for chief agricultural trade negotiator at the United States Trade Representative.
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Freight Rail Rates Rising, Increasing Farm Business Expenses

September 9, 2021 | Newsline

The domestic rail transportation network is vital to moving agricultural products and goods. Chad Smith has more on rising freight rail rates that are pressuring farm income.
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