Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

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Farmers Need More Time to Access Aid

August 7, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking the USDA to extend the application deadline for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). AFBF, along with 27 other agriculture organizations, sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the deadline be pushed beyond August 28, 2020.
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Mixed News on Farm Bankruptcies Amid Pandemic

August 4, 2020 | News Releases

Farm bankruptcies increased 8% over a 12-month period, with 580 filings from June 2019 to June 2020. A six-month comparison, however, shows the number of new Chapter 12 filings slowing. Several contributing factors are likely at play as farmers struggle to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Farm Bureau Foundation and Ford Rev Up Ag Education

August 4, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the Ford Motor Company are teaming up to put agriculture education resources in the hands of teachers and students across the country.
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Rep. Bishop Honored with Farm Bureau Golden Plow Award

August 4, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation and Georgia Farm Bureau today presented Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) with AFBF’s Golden Plow award.
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Additional Coronavirus Relief Critical to Farm Businesses

July 28, 2020 | News Releases

Yesterday, Senate leadership introduced the Health Economic Assistance Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act.
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Farmers Deserve a Seat at the Table in Milk Pricing Policy

July 28, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation released its final report on priorities for milk pricing reform, calling for more democracy and a more equitable program for dairy farmers.
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USDA Report on Beef Prices First Step Toward Fairer Markets

July 22, 2020 | News Releases

The USDA released a report on its investigation into disparities between prices paid to farmers and beef prices at grocery stores. The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:
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American Farm Bureau Foundation Makes Ag Education More Accessible

July 22, 2020 | News Releases

New resources and $17,000 in grants from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture provide educators and parents with tools that can be adapted to traditional, virtual and home classrooms to help students this fall continue to learn about how their food is grown.
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Minnesota Senate and Congressional Candidates to Speak at Farmfest Virtual Event

July 17, 2020 | News Releases

IDEAg Group, producers of Minnesota Farmfest, has announced the lineup of Farmfest Virtual 2020, Aug. 4-6.
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‘Right This Very Minute’ Receives Children’s Literature Award

July 10, 2020 | News Releases

Feeding Minds Press title “Right This Very Minute” by Lisl H. Detlefsen and illustrated by Renee Kurilla took home the 2020 Growing Good Kids - Excellence in Children’s Literature Award this week.
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