Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

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Farmers and Farm Workers Should Be Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccine

April 6, 2021 | Newsline

As essential workers, farmers and ranchers need quick access to the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure a stable food supply chain. Micheal Clements shares how the American Farm Bureau Federation is helping promote vaccine acceptance.
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Farm Bureau Supports Preserving Family Farms Act of 2021

April 6, 2021 | News Releases

AFBF President Zippy Duvall today commented on the introduction of a bill to help more farm families continue their livelihoods after the death of a loved one.
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Ag Foundation Announces New Educator Grants Honoring Christy Lilja’s Legacy

April 2, 2021 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture announced resource grants honoring the work of long-time AFBF staff member and former foundation executive director, Christy Lilja.
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Corn and Soybean Planting Intentions Fall Short of Expectations

April 1, 2021 | Newsline

Farmers indicate they will plant less corn and soybeans than anticipated in 2021. Micheal Clements shares what this means for supply and demand.
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Sen. Wicker Honored with Farm Bureau Golden Plow Award

March 30, 2021 | News Releases

Sen. Wicker Honored with Farm Bureau Golden Plow Award
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Farm Bureau Opposes Proposals to Eliminate Stepped-Up Basis and Impose Capital Gains Taxes at Death

March 30, 2021 | News Releases

AFBF President Zippy Duvall today commented on the recent proposals by several lawmakers to tax unrealized capital gains at death and roll back the stepped-up basis on those capital gains.
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Farm Bureau Seeks PPP Improvements

March 30, 2021 | Newsline

Updates are needed to the paycheck protection program to allow all eligible farmers and ranchers access to the critical funding. Micheal Clements shares what the American Farm Bureau Federation says is required to make that happen.
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New Report Highlights How Stagnant U.S. Public Funding for Agricultural Research Threatens Food Systems

March 25, 2021 | News Releases

Stagnant public funding for agricultural research is threatening the future vitality of U.S. food systems – posing risks to farmer productivity and profitability, the steady supply of affordable food for consumers, and ultimately global food security, according to a new report.
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AFBF and Farm Journal Foundation: U.S. Agriculture Needs More Public Research

March 25, 2021 | Newsline

Farmers and ranchers need more public research funding to stay competitive globally. Micheal Clements shares more on the need.
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COVID-19 Aid Released and Expanded to Include More Producers

March 24, 2021 | News Releases

USDA announced today its plans to distribute more than $12 billion under a program called Pandemic Assistance for Producers, which includes aid that had been put on hold as well as funds newly allocated in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The program assists farmers and ranchers who previously did not qualify for COVID-19 aid and expands assistance to farmers helped by existing programs. Farmers will need to sign-up only if they are applying for new programs or if they are eligible for CFAP assistance and did not previously apply.
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