Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture


October Cattle on Feed Report Shows Placements, Marketings, Inventory Up

October 23, 2020 |

This report showed a total inventory of 11.717 million head for the United States on October 1, the highest October 1 inventory level since the series began in 1996.

Cold Storage Pork Levels Drive Tighter Meat and Poultry Stocks

October 22, 2020 |

USDA’s latest Cold Storage Report, released today, shows animal protein levels are still impacted by COVID -19. All meat and poultry aggregate categories showed year-over-year declines in volumes, but pork led the way at over 100 million lbs. below 2019.

Agritourism Offers New Opportunities for Young Farmers

October 22, 2020 |

Incorporating agritourism into a farm or ranch offers numerous benefits, but it’s best to start this new aspect of your business gradually.

AFBF Encourages Rural America to Participate in Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 22, 2020 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation encourages rural resident to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday.
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Reviewing 2020 CRP Enrollment

Average CRP Rental Rate Increases to $82 Per Acre

October 22, 2020 |

USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program is one of the largest federally administered private land retirement programs. Under CRP, in exchange for annual rental payments ranging from $10 per acre to nearly $300 per acre, farmers and landowners voluntarily remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production to conserve soil, water and wildlife resources. Annual outlays under the CRP program are nearly $2 billion per year. The 2018 farm bill made several changes to CRP including expanding the acreage cap to 27 million acres by 2023, allowing for emergency haying and grazing on CRP land and a reduction in CRP rental rates, i.e., Conservation Reserve Program in the 2018 Farm Bill.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 24

October 22, 2020 |

While news headlines are still dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid epidemic is ongoing, and is taking a toll on farm and ranch families across the country.

The Fight Against Global Hunger Continues

October 21, 2020 |

With the recent commemoration of World Food Day on Oct. 16, we want to take this opportunity to highlight that since 2010, Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative, has helped more than 23.4 million people lift themselves out of poverty.

Matt Niswander: Farmer and Mental Health Advocate

October 21, 2020 |

Tennessee Farm Bureau member Matt Niswander is a first-generation beef cattle farmer and family nurse practitioner in the midst of expanding his medical practice in Lawrenceburg.

iFarmiVote is Your One Stop for Election Information

October 21, 2020 |

Every election year, farmers and ranchers turn out and vote in high numbers.

Farmers Need Permanent Fix for Estate Tax

October 20, 2020 | Newsline

The current estate tax exemption level is set to expire in 2025. Micheal Clements shares how that could threaten family farms in the future if a permanent change isn’t made by Congress.
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