Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture


American Farm Bureau Foundation Launches ‘Easy Button’ for Elementary Ag Education

September 21, 2020 | News Releases

New at-home learning resources are now available to parents and teachers clamoring for content.
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Additional Aid Will Help Farmers Survive Pandemic

September 18, 2020 | News Releases

President Trump and USDA Secretary Perdue announced a second round of aid through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Up to $14 billion will be used to help farmers devastated by the economic disaster caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Sen. Blunt Honored with Farm Bureau Golden Plow Award

September 17, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation and Missouri Farm Bureau today presented Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) with AFBF’s Golden Plow award.
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AFBF Supports Wildfire Mitigation Efforts

September 16, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation and 13 state Farm Bureaus are asking Congress to give federal land management agencies additional tools and resources to prevent and recover from catastrophic wildfires. The Farm Bureaus sent a letter to Senate leadership in support of the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020. The bipartisan legislation being considered today will expedite forest management, accelerate post-fire restoration and reforestation, and remove dead and dangerous wood from national forests.
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USDA Needs Tools to Help Farmers

September 15, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation and 41 other agriculture organizations are asking Congress to ensure the USDA has the tools necessary to help farmers in times of crisis. The group sent a letter to House and Senate leadership requesting they immediately provide replenishment for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) through the continuing resolution. Without immediate replenishment, funding for farm bill programs could run out while farmers struggle against low commodity prices, natural disasters and the coronavirus pandemic.
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Trump, Biden Outline Agricultural Priorities

September 9, 2020 | News Releases

A new look into the priorities for rural America of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is revealed in responses to a questionnaire distributed by the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF asked the Republican and Democratic candidates to respond with their stances on several topics directly affecting America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities, including trade, labor, regulatory reform and sustainability.
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Investigation is Positive Step Toward Fixing Trade Imbalances

September 2, 2020 | News Releases

The USDA, United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) office and the U.S. Department of Commerce are taking action to remedy damage caused to America’s produce farmers by increased imports from other countries. USTR is requesting the International Trade Commission focus on blueberries. Imports of fresh fruits and vegetables have increased dramatically over the past 25 years, driving down prices for domestically grown produce.
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Conservation Compliance Final Rule Falls Short

August 28, 2020 | News Releases

Farmers are left powerless in the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation Final Rule made public today by the USDA. The American Farm Bureau Federation advocated for clear rules and safeguards to ensure fair treatment of farmers in conservation compliance, but the final rule does not remedy unfair enforcement by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
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Ag Foundation Announces Winners in STEM Contest

August 12, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture recognized two student teams for their innovative solutions to water management and filtration in the Spring 2020 Purple Plow Challenge.
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AFBF Appreciates Extension of CFAP Application Deadline

August 11, 2020 | News Releases

The USDA announced it will extend the application deadline for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to September 11, 2020. The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with 27 other agriculture organizations, sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue last week requesting the deadline be extended beyond August 28, 2020.
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