Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

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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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Purdue Student Takes Top Honors at YF&R Virtual Collegiate Discussion Meet

May 4, 2020 | News Releases

The winner of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Virtual Collegiate Discussion Meet is Grace Hasler of Indiana.
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President Trump Announces Plan to Reopen Processing Plants

April 28, 2020 | News Releases

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented crisis for American farmers. Farmers and ranchers face the heartbreaking decision to euthanize animals because of plant closures. It’s important for our elected leaders at all levels to understand the critical nature of this crisis.
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Agriculture Groups Call for Changes to Disaster Loan Program

April 27, 2020 | News Releases

Thirty-eight agriculture groups and businesses sent a letter to congressional leaders requesting changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sectors received only 1.3% of the original $349 billion in approved funding.
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USDA Plan Will Help Farmers and Food Banks

April 24, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation applauds the USDA for empowering the private sector to help solve the challenges associated with harvesting, packaging and transporting millions of pounds of food from farms to food banks and other nonprofits working to ensure no one goes hungry.
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