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September 16, 2020 |

In Farm Bureau, we often talk about how active and engaged our members are in policy advocacy.

Farm Bureau Asking Congress to Ensure USDA has Tools to Help Farmers

September 15, 2020 | Newsline

Farm groups are asking Congress to ensure the USDA has the tools to help farmers. Chad Smith tells us they’re requesting a replenishment to the Commodity Credit Corporation.
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USDA Needs Tools to Help Farmers

September 15, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation and 41 other agriculture organizations are asking Congress to ensure the USDA has the tools necessary to help farmers in times of crisis. The group sent a letter to House and Senate leadership requesting they immediately provide replenishment for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) through the continuing resolution. Without immediate replenishment, funding for farm bill programs could run out while farmers struggle against low commodity prices, natural disasters and the coronavirus pandemic.
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Farm Bill Programs At Risk Without Immediate CCC Replenishment

September 15, 2020 |

For decades the Commodity Credit Corporation, with authorities granted by Congress, has provided funding to stabilize and support farm income and commodity prices through programs related to commodity and income support, conservation, export promotion, international food aid and disaster assistance, among others. Since 1987, the CCC has been replenished annually at $30 billion to fund many programs farmers rely on, such as Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage, Dairy Margin Coverage and the Conservation Reserve Program, i.e., Reviewing the Commodity Credit Corporation’s Borrowing Authority.

USDA Announces Tariff Relief for the Seafood Industry

USDA’s Seafood Trade Relief Program Provides $530 Million to Producers Impacted by Retaliatory Tariffs

September 14, 2020 |

On Sept. 9, USDA released details of the $530 million Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP), which will provide direct support to eligible seafood species that have suffered more than $5 million in retaliatory trade damages. Retaliatory tariffs remain in place on U.S. seafood exports to China. The affected species include Atka mackerel, crab (Dungeness, king, snow, southern tanner), flounder, geoduck, goosefish, herring, lobster, Pacific cod, Pacific Ocean perch, pollock, sablefish, salmon, sole, squid, tuna and turbot. The new STRP, created by USDA, will be funded by the Commodity Credit Corporation and administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

Tracking Ag Trade: July Changes

September 11, 2020 |

USDA’s import and export trade data for July 2020, released last week, provides important insight into the continuing impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on U.S. agricultural trade.

AFBF Launches Election Toolkit for Voters

September 10, 2020 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation is helping voters navigate the challenges of making sure their voice is heard in the 2020 election. Micheal Clements tells us about a new online toolkit to help farmers and ranchers.
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2020 Corn and Soybean Yield Expectations Will Inevitably Lower in September

August Crop Surveys Indicated Record Corn and Soybean Yields But Weather Surprises Suggest September Objective Survey Yields Will Decrease

September 10, 2020 |

In August, USDA’s Crop Production Report estimated record corn and soybean yields based on the data collected in producer surveys as of August 1. For the 2020 crop year, USDA estimates U.S. corn yield to be 181.8 bushels per acre, surpassing the record-setting estimate of 178.5 bushels per acre from earlier this year. USDA has 2020 soybean yield estimates rising to 53.3 bushels per acre, up from 49.8 bushels per acre estimated earlier this year and surpassing the record yield of 52 bushels per acre set in 2016. Prior to the report’s release, analysts speculated an average corn yield of 180.4 bushels per acre and an average soybean yield of 51.3 bushels per acre.

Government Hiring Boosts August Job Numbers

September 10, 2020 |

With a headline number of 1.4 million new jobs, one could easily label the August jobs report as “pretty good.” Unlike past reports, the government sector was a significant contributor this month. Across all levels, government accounted for 344,000 new positions. However, of the 251,000 new jobs posted at the federal-level, 238,000 were temporary hires for the census. Local government pitched in 95,000 positions, with 63,300 coming in non-educational roles. Taken together, the rise in government employment this month accounted for 25% of the new jobs.

Missouri Farmers’ AgButler Available in App Stores

September 9, 2020 |

AgButler, a web-based tool that connects individuals seeking work with farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses needing temporary labor, is now available as an app for iOS and Android.

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