Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

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Dicamba Decision: A Critical Blow to Crops Already Planted

June 5, 2020 |

Each year millions of acres of corn, soybeans and cotton are planted across the U.S. USDA’s most recent Prospective Planting report indicated that in 2020 farmers intend to plant 97 million acres of corn, 84 million acres of soybeans and nearly 14 million acres of cotton. A majority of these crop acres are planted to herbicide-tolerant varieties designed to effectively control weeds, which compete with crops for water, sunlight and nutrients in the soil. Without effective weed control, farmers would have much smaller yields.

Farmfest and Dakotafest Canceled for 2020

June 5, 2020 | News Releases

IDEAg Group LLC., owned by American Farm Bureau Federation, producers of Minnesota Farmfest and Dakotafest, has canceled both farm shows for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Legislative Fix Brings Flexibility to PPP

June 4, 2020 | Newsline

Congress recently passed a bill adding flexibility to the Paycheck Protection Program. Micheal Clements has more.
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American Farm Bureau Statement Addressing Racism

June 4, 2020 | News Releases

We strongly oppose racial discrimination and believe just treatment by law enforcement is essential to maintain public trust and to uphold our Constitution. We also believe we have a responsibility across our society to honestly examine, identify and address racism.
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New Bill Would Help Farmers Participate in Carbon Markets

June 4, 2020 |

To help farmers and ranchers overcome barriers to participating in voluntary carbon markets, the bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act, introduced today, would establish a USDA certification program for the private parties that farmers work with to generate and sell their carbon credits.

Farm State of Mind Launches on AFBF Website

June 3, 2020 |

New on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s website, the Farm State of Mind campaign aims to reduce stigma surrounding the topic of mental health in rural communities and to provide relevant information to farm families on this important topic.

A Family’s Pandemic Story: The Good, The Bad and The Farmer

June 3, 2020 |

COVID-19: the virus that has taken over everyone’s lives.

Farmers Feeding Utah Helps Farmers and Families in Need

June 3, 2020 |

Launched by the Utah Farm Bureau Federation in early May, Farmers Feeding Utah has the two-fold goal of helping sustain farmers and ranchers impacted by COVID-19 and providing food and donations to Utah families in need.

Taking Control in Stressful Times

June 3, 2020 |

To say that 2020 has been stressful would be an understatement.

Legislative Changes Could Bring Flexibility to PPP

June 2, 2020 |

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (H.R. 7010), which amended several provisions in the Paycheck Protection Program. Many of the changes in the House bill provide flexibility in length of time for repayment and rehiring as well as how the loan proceeds must be spent. The Senate is considering its own version of the legislation along with the House version this week. While farmers and ranchers seeking loans during the COVID-19 emergency welcome the flexibility the House and Senate bills would provide, outstanding questions remain related to rental income, H-2A workers and the availability of additional funds for those shut out of the program.

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