Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture


AFBF Forms Partnership with MANRRS

October 11, 2021 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) announced they have entered into an agreement with the goal of increasing minority involvement in agriculture. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed today is expected to strengthen membership value for both organizations through collaboration on projects, including written content for each organization’s publications, providing leadership training and expertise, and cross promoting programs and events.
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AFBF Welcomes Appointment of Rod Snyder as EPA Ag Advisor

October 7, 2021 | News Releases

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the appointment of Rod Snyder as EPA agriculture advisor.
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Ag Innovation Challenge: 10 Semi-Finalist Teams Advance

October 5, 2021 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, continues to advance ag innovation by supporting start-up business from across the country. AFBF and Farm Credit today announced the 10 semi-finalist teams in the 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge.
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Registration Open for 2022 American Farm Bureau Convention

People, Purpose, Possibilities – Growing Tomorrow, Together

October 4, 2021 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation announced the opening of general registration today for the 2022 American Farm Bureau Convention. The convention will be held in-person Jan. 7-12, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia, with a virtual option for portions of the event available to those not attending in-person.
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AFBF Statement on Confusion Surrounding a Proposed Methane Tax

September 30, 2021 | News Releases

American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President for Public Affairs Sam Kieffer commented today on confusion surrounding a proposed methane tax.
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FACA Encouraged by USDA Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Initiative

Secretary Vilsack Credits FACA Recommendations

September 29, 2021 | News Releases

The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) is encouraged by USDA’s announcement today inviting proposals to advance voluntary climate-smart farming and forestry practices. The alliance is pleased to see USDA embracing an incentive-based approach that would increase demand for climate-smart farm, ranch and forestry products, while building trust that the climate benefits are real and verifiable.
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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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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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