Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

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Agriculture Must Be Included in Disaster Loan Program

April 2, 2020 | News Releases

Thirty-one agriculture organizations and businesses are calling on the U.S. Small Business Administration to include agricultural businesses in the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, as intended by Congress in the CARES Act.
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State Department Clears the Way for Agriculture Workforce

March 27, 2020 | News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – March 27, 2020 – The U.S. State Department revised its restrictions on the processing of visa applications submitted by farm workers in Mexico after hearing concerns that the restrictions would lead to a farm worker shortage in the U.S. Consular officers can now waive the visa interview requirement for eligible first-time and returning H-2A and H-2B applicants, making more workers in the H-2 program available while prioritizing public health.
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Farm Bureau Continues Tradition of Giving Back to Hungry Americans

Long-running ‘Harvest for All’ Program Benefits Local Communities

March 27, 2020 | News Releases

The farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau donated 26.3 million pounds of food and raised more than $494,000 to assist hungry Americans in 2019 as part of the organization’s “Harvest for All” program. Combined, the monetary and food donations totaled the equivalent of 24.5 million meals.
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Coronavirus Aid Package Critical for Farmers

March 25, 2020 | News Releases

The coronavirus aid package negotiated by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and agreed to by Senate leaders and the White House will help ensure farmers and ranchers are able to continue feeding America in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
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Agriculture Groups Call on Lawmakers to Support Farmers During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 24, 2020 | News Releases

Forty-eight agriculture groups are calling on Congress to expand USDA’s borrowing authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation. Congress must act to ensure the CCC has the authority and funding to assist farmers and ranchers facing serious cash flow challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Congress Urged to Grant CCC Authority

March 23, 2020 | News Releases

Congress must act to ensure the Commodity Credit Corporation has the authority and funding to assist farmers and ranchers facing serious cash flow challenges.
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Farm Bureau Highlights Immediate Challenges Facing the Agriculture Sector

March 18, 2020 | News Releases

American Farm Bureau has released its first assessment of the impact on farmers and ranchers in the wake of the national mitigation efforts to combat COVID-19.
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U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Focused on Stable Food Supply, As Farm Labor Worries Grow

March 17, 2020 | News Releases

U.S. agriculture is working diligently to maintain the stability of our food supply as concerns over COVID-19 lead to increased consumer purchases of groceries and other items.
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Feeding Minds Press Announces Release of New Children’s Book

March 17, 2020 | News Releases

At a time when consumers of all ages are growing in curiosity about where their food comes from, a new children’s book introduces readers to the round-the-clock work and ingenuity of dairy farming.
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Top Food & Ag Groups Release Consumer Research Measuring Market Potential for Gene-Edited Products

Findings Suggest Consumers Largely Unaware of the Benefits to Environment and Animal Welfare from Groundbreaking Technology

March 10, 2020 | News Releases

The FMI Foundation in partnership with the American Seed Trade Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Farm Foundation, today released a consumer research study measuring market potential for gene-edited products.
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