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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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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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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Ready, Set, Go!

January 13, 2021 |

A new year, new administration and new Congress add up to a new mandate for those of us fortunate enough to represent farmers and ranchers in Washington, D.C.

USDA Lowers Corn and Soybean Supplies in Latest WASDE Report

In Data-heavy January Report, USDA Shows Lower Corn and Soybean Supplies and Ending Stocks, Providing a Boost to Prices

January 13, 2021 |

USDA’s January World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report provided a much-anticipated update to U.S. corn and soybean production for the 2020/21 marketing year. The most recent WASDE report shows a decrease in corn beginning stocks, plus lower corn and soybean yields, resulting in lower supplies of the two crops. Along with the supply adjustment for corn, on the demand side, ethanol use and corn exports were lowered. For soybean demand, crushing and exports were slightly increased. The reduced corn and soybean ending stocks helped boost price expectations in an already optimistic bull market, with corn futures trading up $4.91 per bushel at market open and soybean futures up $13.72 per bushel at market open. Today’s article reviews the January WASDE updates for corn and soybeans.

Farm Bureau 2021 Virtual Convention Wednesday Preview: YF&R Final Four Discussion Meet and Fireside Chat with Mike Rowe

January 13, 2021 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau’s final day of virtual convention programming includes the much-anticipated final round of the Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet and a conversation with the country’s leading advocate for skilled labor.
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Still Farming to Feed America

January 13, 2021 |

Today, our 2021 American Farm Bureau Virtual Convention wraps up, but our work for 2021 is only beginning.

Bindi Named 2021 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year

January 12, 2021 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation this week announced the 2021 Farm Dog of the Year. Micheal Clements shares how the award recognizes the work and relationships dogs provide on the farm.
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