Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture


Farmers Need a Helping Hand

August 7, 2020 |

In a joint op-ed published in The Cedar Rapids Gazette, AFBF President Zippy Duvall and White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll highlighted the increasing stress farmers are experiencing and what their two organizations are doing to help.

Coronavirus Trade Data: Four Months In

August 7, 2020 |

USDA’s import and export trade data for June 2020, released Wednesday, provides important insight into the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on U.S. farm products. While the first stay-at-home orders didn’t begin until mid-March, concerns about the virus began several weeks before, impacting businesses and consumer purchasing behavior nearly the entire month of March. Now with four months of data available, the effect on international agricultural trade is coming into focus.

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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Farm Bureau Calls for Farm Dog of the Year Nominations

August 6, 2020 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation seeks nominations for the 2021 Farm Dog of the Year contest. Micheal Clements shares how the contest recognizes farmers and ranchers’ companions while providing the public a look at agriculture.
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It’s Time for Solid Rural Broadband Connections

August 5, 2020 |

For years, rural America has suffered with poor broadband connectivity and lack of technological advancement.

Dairy Farmers Deserve a Voice and a Vote on Policy That Impacts Their Farms

Modified Bloc Voting Could Give it to Them

August 5, 2020 |

Currently, most dairy farmers who are members of cooperatives do not have the opportunity to cast individual and confidential ballots when it comes to voting on changes to FMMO milk pricing rules, which could be regional or national in scope and likely impact all members of the dairy industry, from the processor down to the farmer.

Dairy Producers Need a Voice in Milk Pricing

August 5, 2020 |

Farmers and ranchers from across the country approved policy at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting last January in support of giving dairy farmers a voice in milk pricing.

Mixed News on Farm Bankruptcies During COVID-19

August 4, 2020 | Newsline

Farm bankruptcies continue to rise, but the rate of new filings is slowing. Chad Smith tells us bankruptcy filings rose eight percent from June of 2019 to June 2020.
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Farm Bankruptcies Slow, More Aid Needed

June 2020 Data Shows an 8% Increase in Farm Bankruptcies

August 4, 2020 |

Though Chapter 12 family farm bankruptcies during the first half of 2020 slowed to 284 filings, down 10 filings from the first half of 2019, at 580 filings, family farm bankruptcies are 8% above year-ago levels, according to recently released data from the U.S. Courts. In addition, bankruptcies during the second quarter of 2020 were down to 115 filings, nearly 50 fewer filings than the second quarter of 2019.

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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