Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture


Registration Opens for 2020 Farm Bureau Virtual Target: Trust Engagement Training

August 10, 2020 |

AFBF’s Promotion & Education Committee recently announced the opening of registration for the 2020 Farm Bureau Virtual Target: Trust Engagement Training.

AFBF’s Duvall Joins Other Industry Leaders to Discuss the Future of Food

August 10, 2020 |

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall will be among several leaders from the food and agriculture industry discussing ways to safeguard global food security, improve consumer health and conserve resources during Reuters Events’ Food Chain Connect 2020, Nov. 5-6.

Keeping Rural Communities Connected while Socially Distanced

COVID Relief for Rural Broadband

August 10, 2020 |

Like all families, farm families have many worries about the COVID-19 health crisis, and the lack of broadband access adds another obstacle. Never has the need for broadband deployment funding been more obvious. School districts around the country are opening virtually and health care services are operating via telehealth platforms, yet more than 19 million rural Americans do not have high-speed internet access.

Small Farms Struggling to Secure Coronavirus Aid

August 9, 2020 |

"We were getting voicemails and emails from farmers all around the country saying: 'What am I going to do? I'm going to lose everything if I don't get something."

Farmers Need a Helping Hand

August 7, 2020 |

In a joint op-ed published in The Cedar Rapids Gazette, AFBF President Zippy Duvall and White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll highlighted the increasing stress farmers are experiencing and what their two organizations are doing to help.

Coronavirus Trade Data: Four Months In

August 7, 2020 |

USDA’s import and export trade data for June 2020, released Wednesday, provides important insight into the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on U.S. farm products. While the first stay-at-home orders didn’t begin until mid-March, concerns about the virus began several weeks before, impacting businesses and consumer purchasing behavior nearly the entire month of March. Now with four months of data available, the effect on international agricultural trade is coming into focus.

Farmers Need More Time to Access Aid

August 7, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking the USDA to extend the application deadline for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). AFBF, along with 27 other agriculture organizations, sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the deadline be pushed beyond August 28, 2020.
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Farm Bureau Calls for Farm Dog of the Year Nominations

August 6, 2020 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation seeks nominations for the 2021 Farm Dog of the Year contest. Micheal Clements shares how the contest recognizes farmers and ranchers’ companions while providing the public a look at agriculture.
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It’s Time for Solid Rural Broadband Connections

August 5, 2020 |

For years, rural America has suffered with poor broadband connectivity and lack of technological advancement.

Dairy Farmers Deserve a Voice and a Vote on Policy That Impacts Their Farms

Modified Bloc Voting Could Give it to Them

August 5, 2020 |

Currently, most dairy farmers who are members of cooperatives do not have the opportunity to cast individual and confidential ballots when it comes to voting on changes to FMMO milk pricing rules, which could be regional or national in scope and likely impact all members of the dairy industry, from the processor down to the farmer.

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