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Farm Bureau Calls on EPA to Provide Clarity on Dicamba Ruling

June 8, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to allow farmers who have already purchased dicamba products to use existing stock this season. Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals prohibited the use of three dicamba products, effectively taking them off the market as of June 3, 2020.
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Farmfest and Dakotafest Canceled for 2020

June 5, 2020 | News Releases

IDEAg Group LLC., owned by American Farm Bureau Federation, producers of Minnesota Farmfest and Dakotafest, has canceled both farm shows for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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American Farm Bureau Statement Addressing Racism

June 4, 2020 | News Releases

We strongly oppose racial discrimination and believe just treatment by law enforcement is essential to maintain public trust and to uphold our Constitution. We also believe we have a responsibility across our society to honestly examine, identify and address racism.
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Decision Affirms NRCS Must Obey Its Own Rules

May 28, 2020 | News Releases

A battle over a farmer’s right to use and care for his own land is one step closer to being resolved. A determination by the director of USDA’s National Appeals Division admonishes the Natural Resources Conservation Service for failing to obey its own rules, favoring a farmer who battled NRCS for more than a decade. The decision is a welcome signal that concerns from across the countryside about NRCS conservation compliance are being heard.
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AFBF Welcomes Announcement of CFAP Direct Payment Details

May 19, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau welcomes the announcement by President Trump detailing how the $16 billion in direct payments to farmers from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will be distributed.
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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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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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