Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture


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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A Family Harvest

July 8, 2020 |

As the days wound down in June, wheat harvest had just begun for our family.

Support the Seeding Rural Resilience Act

July 8, 2020 |

More help could be on the way soon in efforts to respond to rural stress—a catch-all term for the many pressures that farmers and ranchers have been facing and that have, too often, resulted in tragic outcomes for many farm families.

New Bills Would Help Livestock Industry Meet Consumer Demand

July 7, 2020 | Newsline

Two new bills recently introduced in Congress would help the livestock industry better serve consumers. Micheal Clements has more.
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New Bills Would Help Processors Meet Demand

July 6, 2020 |

Farm Bureau is backing two recently introduced bills that would help more small meat and poultry plants sell their products in other states and better meet nationwide demand for beef, chicken and turkey.

‘With 10 miles behind me and 10,000 more to go….’

A Review of the June Jobs Report

July 6, 2020 |

The line from James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James" came to me when looking through the June employment report. While an increase of 4.76 million jobs in the last month does move us down the road, do not lose sight of the fact we still have 14.6 million fewer private-sector jobs than we did just four months ago. And longer-term employment projections from the Congressional Budget Office, touched upon later in the article, suggest it will take nearly a decade before getting back to the February 2020 peak.

Farmers and Innovative Companies Building a Sustainable Future

July 6, 2020 |

Farmers can't do the work of sustainability alone but rely on partnerships with innovative researchers and companies to provide the latest tools and technology for reducing their environmental footprint. Bayer crop scientist Dr. Calvin Treat and OptimaBio engineer Mark Maloney chat with AFBF President Zippy Duvall about the latest projects and cutting-edge technology from their companies.

Congress Votes to Extend Paycheck Protection Program into August

July 2, 2020 | Newsline

Both chambers of Congress have voted to extend the application period for the federal Paycheck Protection Program.
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One-Third of CFAP Payments Now Out The Door

More Than $11 Billion Remaining in CFAP Support

July 2, 2020 |

USDA data reveals that as of the end of June nearly one-third, or $4.85 billion, of the $16 billion in CFAP assistance has been paid to livestock, dairy, crop and specialty crop producers. Of that total, $2.4 billion, more than 50%, has been paid to livestock (cattle, hog and lamb producers), $1.3 billion, or 26%, has been paid to non-specialty crop producers, $1 billion, or 22%, has been paid to dairy producers and $113 million, or 2%, has been paid to specialty crop producers.

Farming is a Calling

July 1, 2020 |

Who will fill my shoes?

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