Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture


Ag Groups Call for More Resources to Protect Employees, Communities from Coronavirus

September 24, 2020 | News Releases

Over 160 farm, food and agriculture organizations today sent a letter to the White House Coronavirus Task Force calling for the federal government to take additional steps and devote new resources to help farmers, ranchers and growers across the country protect their employees from the novel coronavirus.
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Early Season New-Crop Sales Continue to Impress

September 24, 2020 |

Back in August, we wrote about new-crop sales of soybeans, corn, sorghum and cotton to China. In the six weeks since then, sales of these crops have continued to turn heads. Large sales combined with decreased production estimates in the September World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report have put upward pressure on futures prices and increased growers’ optimism. It’s time to look again at 2020/21 crop sales to China in relation to previous years. Here we compare new-crop outstanding sales plus accumulated exports (2020/21 marketing year) to the same period from the last five years.

New Report Examines Cattle Market Issues & Solutions

September 24, 2020 | News Releases

A new report unveiled today by the American Farm Bureau Federation provides an in-depth examination of the causes and price implications resulting from extreme market volatility in the cattle industry. It also sets the stage to explore policy solutions.
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Farm Bureau Launches Think F.A.S.T. (Farm & Ag Safety Training) for Youth

September 24, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau has launched a new online youth safety course, Think F.A.S.T. (Farm & Ag Safety Training).
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Positivity During the Pandemic

September 23, 2020 |

I’ve been in the medical field for 15 years, and in my medical training I was taught that you should sing happy birthday twice while washing your hands to get off all the germs – high-level stuff that I learned at a very prestigious school.

Second Batch of Coronavirus Assistance Will Help More Farmers

September 23, 2020 |

Last week, President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue announced a second round of direct aid to farmers and ranchers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

Lawmakers Show Support for Farmers

September 22, 2020 | News Releases

The decision by House lawmakers to include a reimbursement of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) in the continuing resolution demonstrates their support for America’s farmers. The measure passed tonight and will now go to the Senate. Funds from the CCC support farm programs ranging from conservation to risk management. The CCC was dangerously close to running out of funds, which would have effectively shut down the farm safety net.
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Farm Bureau Urges Farmers to Be Safe Around Farm Railway Crossings

September 22, 2020 | Newsline

This week is Rail Safety week and the American Farm Bureau Federation is promoting safety tips for farmers and ranchers around railroad crossings.
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The State: of a SCOTUS Confirmation and the 2020 Election

September 22, 2020 |

The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will have an immediate impact on the 2020 presidential election by adding another unique element to a campaign that is anything but ordinary.

CFAP2 Provides $14 Billion in Coronavirus Aid for Farmers

September 21, 2020 | Newsline

The recently announced second round of coronavirus relief provides an additional $14 billion for farmers and ranchers.
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