Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

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Yes, There are COVID-19 Impacts on Agriculture

April 1, 2020 |

Some say this is the week when the coronavirus outbreak and business closures will hit the make-or-break point for the U.S. economy.

Expanded Interview Waivers for H-2A Program is Welcome News

March 31, 2020 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation says a commitment to processing H-2A applications ensures continued access to a stable food source. Micheal Clements has more.
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Amy France: Still Farming in Kansas

March 31, 2020 |

Like millions of Americans, Kansan Amy France is adjusting to the new realities of life as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, including social distancing, kids home from school, the closing of non-essential businesses and suspension of organized activities of all kinds.

Pandemic Injects Volatility into Cattle and Beef Markets

March 31, 2020 |

A slowing economy is bad for all of the animal proteins, but beef -- typically the highest priced of the proteins and considered a luxury product in economic terms – stands to suffer the most when consumers spend less in response to wage cuts and job losses.

Stefanie Smallhouse: A Dynamic Leader with a Sharp Focus on Conservation

March 27, 2020 |

Stefanie Smallhouse, president of Arizona Farm Bureau, helps manage her family’s fifth-generation beef cow/calf operation, saguaro cactus greenhouses and mesquite lumber business.

State Department Clears the Way for Agriculture Workforce

March 27, 2020 | News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – March 27, 2020 – The U.S. State Department revised its restrictions on the processing of visa applications submitted by farm workers in Mexico after hearing concerns that the restrictions would lead to a farm worker shortage in the U.S. Consular officers can now waive the visa interview requirement for eligible first-time and returning H-2A and H-2B applicants, making more workers in the H-2 program available while prioritizing public health.
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Farm Bureau Continues Tradition of Giving Back to Hungry Americans

Long-running ‘Harvest for All’ Program Benefits Local Communities

March 27, 2020 | News Releases

The farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau donated 26.3 million pounds of food and raised more than $494,000 to assist hungry Americans in 2019 as part of the organization’s “Harvest for All” program. Combined, the monetary and food donations totaled the equivalent of 24.5 million meals.
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What’s in the CARES Act for Food and Agriculture

March 26, 2020 |

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has roiled the U.S. economy, the Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. In addition to direct payments to individuals of up to $1,200, extended unemployment benefits and federal loan guarantees, the $2 trillion CARES Act provides a number of food- and agriculture-related benefits, including funding to ensure children and low-income families have continued access to nutritious, affordable food and to ensure farmers have the financial resources they need to offset the more immediate economic impacts of the virus. Today’s article reviews the food and agriculture-related provisions of the CARES act.

Coronavirus Relief Package Provides Help to Rural America

March 26, 2020 | Newsline

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passing through Congress this week includes relief for rural America. Micheal Clements has more.
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Black Swan Event Shakes Up Dairy Margin Coverage Payment Forecast

March 26, 2020 |

Less than three full months into the year, the rapidly evolving situation under the COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of the importance of safety net programs such as Dairy Revenue Protection and DMC.

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