Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture


Farm Bureau Establishes 2021 Policies

New Grassroots Leaders Also Elected

January 14, 2021 | News Releases

Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 102nd Annual Convention today adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in 2021. Key topics ranged from farm diversity to farm labor and dairy policy to livestock marketing. For the first time in AFBF history, delegates met and voted virtually due to COVID-19.
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American Farm Bureau Honors Young Farmer and Rancher Competitive Event Winners

New YF&R Executive Team also Elected

January 13, 2021 | News Releases

Winners of the Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture competitions were announced at the American Farm Bureau Virtual Convention. Young farmers and ranchers from around the country competed for the awards by demonstrating knowledge of and achievement in agriculture, as well as commitment to promoting the agriculture industry.
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USDA Updates CFAP to Include Support for Contract Poultry and Livestock Producers

Reviewing Additional CFAP Support

January 15, 2021 |

This new assistance will include expanded eligibility for certain commodities and producers established in the recently passed relief package, as well as updated payments for producers who were eligible under previous iterations of the program.

AFBF Sets 2021 Policy Objectives

January 15, 2021 | Newsline

Farm Bureau delegates voted on policy priorities for 2021 at the conclusion of the American Farm Bureau Federation Virtual Annual Convention. Micheal Clements shares what issues top the list for the new year.
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Application Period Opens for Improved Round of Paycheck Protection Program

January 15, 2021 |

Today’s article highlights the PPP improvements that will benefit farmers and ranchers, including new qualifying expenses, using gross farm income to determine loan amounts and reducing the level of required losses to qualify.

AFBF Sets Policy for 2021

January 15, 2021 |

American Farm Bureau delegates voted to support “efforts to increase negotiated sales in fed cattle markets” and “increased transparency in livestock pricing.”

AFBF Chief Economist John Newton Reappointed to Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee

January 15, 2021 | News Releases

John Newton, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s chief economist, was recently reappointed to serve on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products, one of six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees.
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Tax Changes Could be Coming in 2021

January 14, 2021 |

There is soon to be a new administration in Washington, D.C., and often that means changes in tax policy.

Farm Bureau Announces Ag Innovation Challenge Winner

January 13, 2021 | Newsline

A Washington state software company was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the American Farm Bureau Federation Virtual Annual Convention. Micheal Clements shares how the contest will help the company serve farmers.
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Harvust Wins Ag Innovation Challenge

Agro Empresas Black Belt wins People’s Choice Award

January 13, 2021 | News Releases

Harvust is the winner of the seventh annual Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge, becoming the 2021 Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year. AFBF, in partnership with Farm Credit, announced the winner at AFBF’s Virtual Annual Convention.
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