Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

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USDA Promotes Innovation with Updated Plant Breeding Regulation

May 14, 2020 | News Releases

The USDA announced changes to its biotechnology regulations SECURE rule. The revised rule will encourage innovation of new plant breeding techniques while safeguarding our food supply.
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USDA Approves $1.2 Billion in Food Purchases

May 12, 2020 | Newsline

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the approval of $1.2 billion in contracts for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Chad Smith has more.
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U.S. Rural Roads and Bridges Have Significant Deficiencies and High Fatality Rates

Addressing anticipated $50 billion decrease in state transportation revenues due to COVID-19 seen as vital to funding needed repairs and modernization to improve rural conditions, support economic recovery and boost safety

May 12, 2020 | News Releases

Addressing anticipated $50 billion decrease in state transportation revenues due to COVID-19 seen as vital to funding needed repairs and modernization to improve rural conditions, support economic recovery and boost safety.
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Farm Bureau Seeks Entrepreneurs Addressing Farm and Rural Challenges

$145K in Startup Funds Available; Apply by July 31

May 11, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, has opened online applications for the 2021 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge.
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USDA Approves $1.2 Billion in Food Purchases to Help America’s Needy

May 8, 2020 | News Releases

The USDA approved $1.2 billion in contracts for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program designed to connect excess meat, dairy and produce on farms with families facing food insecurity. The funding far exceeds the $100 million per month the department initially planned for the program, due to high interest and need. The program will purchase $461 million in fresh fruits and vegetables, $317 million in dairy, $258 million in meat and $175 million in a combination box of fresh produce, dairy or meat products.
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Farm Bankruptcies on the Rise Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

May 7, 2020 | News Releases

Year-to-year farm bankruptcies increased 23 percent, according to recently released data from U.S. Courts. An American Farm Bureau Federation Market Intel report shows a total of 627 filings during the 12-month period ending March 2020, marking five consecutive years of Chapter 12 bankruptcy increases, including an accelerated rate since January.
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Price of Wholesale Meat and Livestock Widens

May 7, 2020 | Newsline

The price gap between wholesale meats and livestock continues to increase as animal processing capacity slows. Micheal Clements has more
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Protecting Workers on the Farm During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 5, 2020 | Newsline

Farms across the country have policies in place to keep farmworkers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Micheal Clements has more on how one farm is protecting employees.
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Purdue Student Takes Top Honors at YF&R Virtual Collegiate Discussion Meet

May 4, 2020 | News Releases

The winner of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Virtual Collegiate Discussion Meet is Grace Hasler of Indiana.
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Meat Processing Capacity Falls Sharply

April 30, 2020 | Newsline

The U.S. meat industry is struggling to keep its processing plants open, because workers are sick with COVID-19. Chad Smith has more.
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