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AFBF Focus on Sustainability

October 15, 2019 | Newsline

Farmers and ranchers are some of the biggest advocates for sustainability. Micheal Clements has more.
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We Can’t Rearrange These Deck Chairs

Reviewing Soybean Exports During the 2018-2019 Marketing Year

October 11, 2019 |

For the past year and a half, however, U.S. soybeans have been subject to retaliatory tariffs by China. Not only that, but China has suffered a devastating outbreak of African Swine Fever, which has decimated over 30% to as much as 50% of the world’s largest hog population (African Swine Fever Outbreak in China, African Swine Fever and China: Part II and African Swine Fever in China Keeps Getting Worse). Reducing demand, driving down prices and pushing up stockpiles, these events have roiled U.S. soybean markets. In 2019, soybean planted acres fell to the lowest level since 2011, 76.5 million acres.

Membership Kudos

October 11, 2019 |

American Farm Bureau recently recognized four state Farm Bureau presidents for membership gains in 2019.

Farmers Seek Tariff Relief Through China Trade Talks

October 10, 2019 | Newsline

Talks continue between the U.S. and China as agriculture seeks tariff relief. Micheal Clements has more.
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Finding Hope and Battling the Opioid Crisis in Rural America

October 10, 2019 |

Tennessee first-generation farmer and family nurse practitioner, Matt Niswander chats with AFBF President Zippy Duvall about his work to address the opioid crisis in rural America, and Illinois member Connie Gyorr shares her daughter Marisa’s story in the hope of raising awareness and bringing healing to those struggling with addiction.

Eve of Harvest

October 9, 2019 |

The other day Facebook reminded me that a year ago we kicked off our fall harvest season.

Farm Bureau Releases Milk Program Recommendations

October 9, 2019 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation proposes changes to the Federal Milk Marketing Order to better serve dairy farmers. Micheal Clements has more.
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Celebrating a Century of the American Farm Bureau

October 9, 2019 |

Your American Farm Bureau turns 100 next month, a truly special cause for celebration.

September Jobs Report – More Porridge for Goldilocks

October 9, 2019 |

At 136,000 new jobs created, according to the establishment side of the September jobs report released October 4, this was another “just right” report. Expectations for the report ran somewhere in the 145,000 range, so 136,000 was slightly below expectations, but not enough to cause concern. From the other direction, the number by itself was not high enough to lead us to think the economy is heating up. The wage data helped to confirm this by showing a 3.5% increase over a year ago. Again, nice, but nothing concerning in either direction.

Online Registration Open for AFBF’s 2020 Annual Convention

October 8, 2019 | News Releases

Online registration is open for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Convention & Trade Show, Jan. 17-22, 2020, in Austin, Texas.
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