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Farm Bankruptcies in 2018 – The Truth is Out There

498 Farm Bankruptcy Filings in 2018, Down From 2017

February 12, 2019 |

Here’s what we know: Caseload statistics from the United States Courts indicate that in 2018 Chapter 12 family farmer and family fisherman bankruptcies nationwide were down from prior-year levels. Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy provides a flexible and seasonal repayment schedule, and at times may provide lower interest rates and reduce the overall debt burden.

Wetlands, Farmers, Just Ducky

February 8, 2019 |

Between the 2018 Farm Bill, USDA’s interim final rule for “Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation” programs and the Environmental Protection Agency’s revised Clean Water Rule we’ve been talking a lot about wetlands. So, what do we really know about wetlands in the U.S.? Are there more or less of them? Are private property owners or state or federal governments making investments to ensure wetlands are preserved? If efforts are underway, are they working or not? To the Prairie Pothole Region, an important stop in the migratory duck flyway, we go for answers!

Conservation Reserve Program in the 2018 Farm Bill

Farmers Will Continue to Be Good Stewards of Land and Water

February 6, 2019 |

CRP is a land retirement program that provides payments to agricultural landowners for temporary changes in land use or management with the goal of conserving soil, water and wildlife resources. Currently, fewer than 24 million acres are enrolled in CRP. The 2018 farm bill modifies CRP to improve resource and wildlife conservation practices by expanding the acreage cap to as many as 27 million acres by 2023. However, the bill also makes improvements in other areas of the program such as market-based rental rates and emergency haying and grazing during natural disasters. Combined, changes made in the CRP program will ensure that farmers and ranchers continue to be good stewards of wildlife habitats, land and water.

Fifty-Plus Groups Indicate Their Support for Estate Tax Repeal Bills

February 21, 2019 |

Repeal is the most effective way to protect family-run businesses from the estate tax, the American Farm Bureau Federation and more than 50 other organizations wrote in a letter to Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Reps. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), who introduced the Death Tax Repeal Act (S. 215, H.R. 218) in their respective chambers.

American Farm Bureau, Utah Farm Bureau File Brief Supporting Ranchers’ Access to Public Lands

February 20, 2019 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, the state of Utah and San Juan County (Utah), last week filed a brief in support of President Donald Trump’s December 2017 proclamations decreasing the size of the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument and the Bears Ears National Monument.
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Proud to be a Millennial

February 20, 2019 |

I have a confession. I am proud to be a millennial.

Technology Critical for Farm Improvements

February 19, 2019 | Newsline

Advancements in technology help farmers and ranchers continually improve their operations. Micheal Clements has more.
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Federal Agencies Recommend Deepening Data Set for Determining Broadband Access

February 19, 2019 |

A recently released White House broadband access report echoes the American Farm Bureau Federation’s call for use of more robust, detailed data when creating broadband maps.

Ag Group Ad Highlights USMCA Trade Benefits for Governors

February 19, 2019 |

The American Farm Bureau Federation teamed up with other agricultural producer organizations this week to sponsor an ad in The Washington Examiner to communicate the importance that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade holds for farmers and ranchers with a focus on benefits at the state level.

Tell EPA You Support Clean Water and Clear Rules

February 15, 2019 |

With the publication earlier this week of EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed new Clean Water Rule, Farm Bureau is urging farmers and ranchers to tell the administration how much they value clean water and clear rules.

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