Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

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Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year Nominations Accepted Until Aug. 20

Up to Four Regional Runners-Up and People’s Choice Pup Also Will be Recognized

July 1, 2020 | News Releases

Farmers are invited to submit nominations for the 2021 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest, with support from Purina.
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USMCA Takes Effect: Welcome News for Struggling Farmers

June 30, 2020 | News Releases

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) goes into effect tomorrow, at a crucial time for farmers and ranchers struggling to recover from COVID-19 losses and a depressed agricultural economy. The expected $2 billion annual increase in U.S. agricultural exports and overall increase of $65 billion in gross domestic product will provide a welcome boost.
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Farm Groups Launch Free Stress Management Course

The training course, geared toward farmers and ranchers, is open to the public and will help individuals identify signs of chronic stress and offer effective communication skills

June 23, 2020 | News Releases

Following the December 2019 announcement of a new farm stress management online training course for employees and members of Farm Credit, Farm Bureau and Farmers Union, these organizations have supported the launch of a free online training available to the general public.
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Americans Support COVID-19 Aid to Farmers; Trust Remains High

June 18, 2020 | News Releases

Trust in America’s farmers and ranchers remains high amid the devastating blow delivered by the COVID-19 pandemic. A new American Farm Bureau Federation poll shows 84% of Americans trust the nation’s farmers and the same overwhelming majority support financial assistance from the government for farmers struggling to keep from going under because of the pandemic.
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AFBF Calls on Lawmakers to Help Farmers Through Food System Shockwave

June 10, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling on lawmakers to provide critical resources to farmers impacted by the COVID-19 shockwave to the food system and to rural communities grappling with the pandemic’s impacts. Many struggling farmers were left out of initial federal aid, and some who received assistance are still being hurt with COVID-19 losses. As additional coronavirus relief is considered, Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall sent a letter to congressional leaders outlining the need.
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Farm Bureau Commends EPA Action on Dicamba Use

June 9, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation commends the swift action by 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. AFBF President Zippy Duvall wrote a letter to the EPA requesting farmers be allowed to use dicamba this season.
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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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