SNAP Participation Dips to Lowest Level in Eight Years

June 18, 2018 |

According to the latest data released by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, March 2018 national enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dipped to the lowest level in eight years, at 40,083,954 participants. The last time enrollment was below this number was February 2010, at 39,588,993 participants. SNAP participation has been declining since its peak of 47,792,056 participants nationally in December 2012.

AFBF to NYT: WOTUS Regulates Farmer Land Use

June 15, 2018 |

American Farm Bureau Federation’s Don Parrish was quoted by the New York Times in an article about possible changes to Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

Mexico’s Retaliation List Looks Familiar Because It Is

June 15, 2018 |

When the U.S. announced that from June 1 on, Canada, Mexico and the European Union would no longer be exempt from a new 25 percent tariff on steel and a new 10 percent tariff on aluminum, we knew retaliatory duties were coming. Within a few days of the U.S. announcement, all three trading partners had publicly released a list of U.S. products, many agricultural in nature, that would face additional tariffs. The Canadian and EU taxes go into effect July 1. Mexico’s taxes go into effect on July 5.

Farm Bureau Encouraged by Senate Committee Farm Bill Vote

June 14, 2018 | Newsline

The farm bill is closer to passage following a Senate committee vote this week. Micheal Clements has more.
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Military Veterans in Farm Country

June 14, 2018 |

According to data released by the Department of Veterans Affairs, as of fiscal year 2017, there were approximately 20 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces, representing slightly more than 6 percent of the U.S. population. Nearly 24 percent of these military veterans return home to rural America. However, in many agricultural-dependent states, the portion of military veterans from rural America is much higher. For example, in Maine and Vermont more than 60 percent of military veterans return home to rural parts of the state. In the Upper Midwest, Great Plains and Southeast, many states have over 30 percent of their military veterans returning to rural America.

Farmers, Ranchers Eager for Senate Vote on Farm Bill

June 14, 2018 |

The Senate Agriculture Committee’s approval of its farm bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 3042), provides light on the horizon for struggling farmers and ranchers, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Farm Bureau: Farmers Buoyed by Senate Farm Bill Vote

June 13, 2018 | News Releases

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:
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America Needs a Farm Bill Now

June 13, 2018 |

The United States has a land area of 2.3 billion acres, with half used for agricultural purposes—cropland, forestland, pasture and range.

Reviewing 2018 CRP Rental Rates

June 13, 2018 |

USDA data on CRP rental rates for fiscal year 2018 indicated that rates range from a low of $5 per acre in Pecos County, Texas, to a high of $289 per acre in Logan County, Illinois. For 2018, approximately 159 counties had an average regular CRP rental rate greater than the 2017 average National Agricultural Statistics Service cash rental rate of $136 dollars per acre.

Time to Build on the Success of RFS

June 13, 2018 |

As farmers, it’s not in our nature to brag on ourselves.

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