Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture


Examining Cattle Transactions in the U.S.

Reviewing A Mandatory Minimum Level of Negotiated Transactions

May 29, 2020 |

Over the past 15 years, we have seen a dramatic shift in the way cattle are marketed. In the mid-2000s, roughly 50%-60% of cattle sold were through the negotiated market. Over time, this method of marketing fed cattle has declined and been replaced by formula transactions.

Decision Affirms NRCS Must Obey Its Own Rules

May 28, 2020 | News Releases

A battle over a farmer’s right to use and care for his own land is one step closer to being resolved. A determination by the director of USDA’s National Appeals Division admonishes the Natural Resources Conservation Service for failing to obey its own rules, favoring a farmer who battled NRCS for more than a decade. The decision is a welcome signal that concerns from across the countryside about NRCS conservation compliance are being heard.
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Farmers Connecting Directly with Consumers During Pandemic

May 28, 2020 | Newsline

Consumers and farmers have a new way to connect in getting meat on dinner tables. Micheal Clements has more.
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Farm Bureau Asks Congress to Adjust PPP to Increase Farmers’ Participation

May 28, 2020 |

As the House and Senate consider legislation to tweak the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, the American Farm Bureau Federation is asking lawmakers to make the program fully accessible to farmers and ranchers by allowing them to increase their net farm income through all rental income, farm equipment trades, breeding livestock and other documented sources of income.

Reviewing the CFAP Payment Formula for Non-Specialty Crops

May 28, 2020 |

On May 19, USDA unveiled the details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provides direct payments to farmers and ranchers to partially offset COVID-19-related losses for livestock and specialty and non-specialty crops, e.g., Reviewing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Details. Sign-up for the CFAP program runs from May 26 through August 28.

Farm Bureau Continues Fight for Fair Cattle Prices

May 27, 2020 |

Major upheaval in U.S. cattle markets has increased attention on the growing gap between high beef prices and low cattle prices.

Why We Fear the Food We Eat

May 27, 2020 |

Our food has never been safer, so why is it that consumers have never been more concerned?

#StillFarming to Feed America

May 27, 2020 |

As the United States began to grapple with the effects of COVID-19 on essential services and supplies, we at the American Farm Bureau wanted to do our part to assure the American people that farmers were still on the job doing their part to keep our food supply secure.

Farmers Seek Changes to PPP

May 26, 2020 | Newsline

Lawmakers are considering changes to the Paycheck Protection Program which may help farmers and ranchers. Micheal Clements has more.
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More Farmers Connecting with Local Buyers via Websites and Social Media

May 26, 2020 |

Many farmers who have lost their traditional markets due to COVID-19-related school, university, restaurant and hotel closures are turning to Facebook and other platforms to connect with consumers hungry for local farm products and a connection to growers in their area.

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