Q3 H-2A Certified Positions Grow Nearly 30 Percent Compared to Q3 2017

July 16, 2018 |

Data recently released from USDA Department of Labor, Office of Foreign Labor Certification, indicates that U.S. farmers and ranchers are continuing to demand an increasingly large number of foreign workers via the H-2A Program. In the third quarter of FY2018, DOL certified 81,418 positions nationally, which is up more than 29 percent from the third quarter of FY2017 when DOL certified 63,072 positions. Even more impressive, Q3 2018 position certifications are more than 160 percent larger than the same period just five years ago.

China Uses One-Third of World’s Soybeans

July 16, 2018 |

For the 2018/19 marketing year, Chinese soybean utilization for domestic crushing and exports is projected at 4.2 billion bushels. Global soybean production for the marketing year is projected at 13.2 billion bushels, meaning China is expected to use the equivalent of nearly one-third of every acre of soybeans harvested in the world. Based on average soybean yields of 41 to 48 bushels per acre, China’s soybean utilization represents 87 to 102 million acres worldwide – equivalent to or greater than total U.S. soybean acreage.

American Farm Bureau Promotes Two Staff Members

July 16, 2018 | News Releases

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2018 – The American Farm Bureau Federation has announced two staff promotions, for Dr. John Newton and Sarah Brown Dirkes.
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IDEAg Group LLC Announces John Hendel as Director, Event Sales

July 13, 2018 | News Releases

The IDEAg Group LLC recently announced John Hendel as director, event sales. In this sales leadership role,
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Endangered Species Act Needs Reform

July 12, 2018 | Newsline

An Arizona farmer urged lawmakers Thursday to reform the Endangered Species Act and restore common sense to a regulatory regime that has grown out of control. Micheal Clements has more.
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Farm Bureau Supports Endangered Species Act Reforms

July 12, 2018 | News Releases

The following statement may be attributed to Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation:
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WASDE Weighs in on Soybean Tariffs

July 12, 2018 |

Historically, the changes in supply and demand that follow updated plantings of major field crops detailed in USDA’s survey-based June Acreage report are the focus of the department’s July World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. . However, this year the attention has shifted to trade policy as the July WASDE is the first forecast to include potential supply, demand and price impacts from retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural products – namely soybeans. Specifically, USDA considered trade actions that are in place or have had a formal announcement of effective dates as of the time of the WASDE publication. Further, the report also assumed such actions would be in place throughout the entire 2018/19 marketing year.

Arizona Farm Bureau President Urges Congress to Save Ranches, Federal Lands

July 12, 2018 | News Releases

Arizona Farm Bureau Federation President Stefanie Smallhouse today urged Congress to streamline environmental regulation to preserve ranching as well as the land itself.
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Fragen Sie Einen Landwirt (Ask a Farmer)

July 11, 2018 |

These days when the call comes asking if a group can come tour the farm, my answer is always yes.

Farmers and Ranchers Ready for Long Overdue ESA Reform

July 11, 2018 |

Farmers and ranchers can’t afford to hang on to equipment and practices that aren’t working.

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