Local Farm Bureau Leaders are on the Front Lines of Agricultural Advocacy

March 15, 2018 | Newsline

Telling the story of agriculture starts at the local level. Micheal Clements has more.
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Transportation Department Extends ELD Waiver for Ag Haulers

March 15, 2018 |

The Department of Transportation has again extended the deadline for agricultural haulers to comply with the electronic logging device mandate.

Sen. Portman Honored with Farm Bureau Golden Plow Award

March 15, 2018 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation and Ohio Farm Bureau today presented Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) with AFBF’s Golden Plow award. The Golden Plow is the highest honor the organization gives to sitting members of Congress.
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Farm Bureau: ACRE Act Stops Unintended Regulation of Farms

March 14, 2018 | News Releases

The newly introduced and bipartisan H.R. 5275, Agricultural Certainty for Reporting Emissions (ACRE) Act would avoid unnecessary environmental reporting, which has been opposed by Republican and Democratic administrations alike. Reps. Billy Long (R-Mo.) and Jim Costa (D-Calif.) introduced the bill together with 85 original, bipartisan cosponsors.
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Farm Bureau Asks Congressional Leaders to Support Farm Tax Fix

March 14, 2018 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation today asked congressional leadership to support a stakeholder-driven agreement to fix recent tax legislation via the upcoming omnibus spending bill. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act had the unintended consequence of distorting commodity markets and treating farm and ranch businesses differently, depending on where they sold their commodities.
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‘Opioids: Rural America Live’ Explores a Devastating Epidemic

March 14, 2018 |

“Opioids: Rural America Live,” a special RFD-TV live broadcast that aired on Monday, focused on the opioid crisis in rural America that is devastating farm and ranch families.

How Will Agriculture Feed the World? It Starts Today

March 14, 2018 |

Today is no ordinary day for students at the local elementary school. Today, every child has the opportunity to glimpse what different professions have to offer.

Farm Bureau Applauds Withdrawal of Organic Livestock Rule

March 13, 2018 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation says USDA made the right decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule. Micheal Clements has more.
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USDA Withdraws Organic Livestock and Poultry Rule, Garnering Praise From Farm Bureau

March 13, 2018 |

USDA announced earlier this week it is scrapping the misguided Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule, which went well beyond the original intent of the Organic Production Act by allowing for animal welfare standards and metrics to become part of the organic label, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Crop Insurance Reduces the Need for Ad-hoc Disaster Payments

March 13, 2018 |

When agricultural disasters occur, the federal government has traditionally responded in one of two ways: ad-hoc disaster payments or assistance in purchasing federal crop insurance. For nearly two decades the preferred delivery mechanism for a majority of agricultural products has been the federal crop insurance program. Ad-hoc payments do still occur, especially for commodities not widely covered by crop insurance. Such was the case in 2018 following devastating hurricanes, droughts, floods and wildfires across parts of the U.S. in 2017. However, as work on the 2018 farm bill ramps up, it’s appropriate to review the benefits of federal crop insurance programs compared to ad-hoc disaster payments. Today’s article compares the farm safety net protection provided by crop insurance to ad-hoc disaster payments, and reveals a negative correlation between the need for ad-hoc disaster assistance and the use of crop insurance tools.

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