Foundation for Agriculture to Announce New Book of the Year at Annual Convention
December 4, 2017 |
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture will announce its 11th Book of the Year on Sunday, Jan. 7, at the AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee.
Farmers Commend Senate Action on Tax Reform
December 2, 2017 |
Farmers and ranchers have long called for a fair tax code that recognizes our hard work as well as the unique challenges we face in growing our nation’s food, fiber and fuel. The Senate’s passage of tax reform legislation today puts us within reach of that goal.
Bloomberg: Opioid Crisis Affects Farmers and Ranchers Harder
November 30, 2017 |
The American Farm Bureau Federation was cited in Bloomberg BNA on a new survey conducted in collaboration with National Farmers Union on opioid use in rural America. The survey found that “Almost three-quarters of U.S. farmers and farm workers say they have been directly affected by opioid dependence, either from taking an illegal dose or dealing with habit themselves, or by knowing someone who has used,” explained Bloomberg.
China Lowers Tariffs, but Catching Up is Hard to Do
November 29, 2017 |
Neil Sedaka sang that "Breaking up is hard to do," but from an agricultural trade perspective, we would offer our version that catching up is hard to do when U.S. products face higher tariff levels than our global competitors. And our experience with trade agreements that we’re not party to shows us it’s true. The latest example comes from China, which recently announced a package of tariff cuts on a wide variety of food and consumer products. The welcome tariff reductions will impact about a dozen agricultural products that are of interest to the United States, and will hopefully help the U.S. regain market share lost to competitors that have free trade agreements with China, even if temporarily.
Rescued by a Rancher
November 29, 2017 |
In October a Utah rancher was driving a utility terrain vehicle to check on his cattle in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument when he came upon an elderly woman lying on a rocky, remote road. She was confused and dehydrated after being stranded for six days in one of the last explored areas of the continental United States.
USDA Predicts “King Soybean” by 2019
Soybeans to Top Corn Acres in 2019
November 28, 2017 |
On Nov. 28, 2017, USDA released several tables previewing the annual long-term Agricultural Projections to 2027. One of the most anticipated items from the early-release is USDA’s projections for planted area in 2018. During 2017 the total planted area for the eight principal crops and conservation reserve program was 275.8 million acres. For 2018, USDA projects planted area to increase for all crops except upland cotton and wheat, with a total acreage gain of 1.8 million acres to 277.6 million acres. The biggest takeaway is that USDA projects soybean acreage to top corn acreage beginning in 2019 and continuing through 2027. 2018 soybean plantings are projected at 91 million acres, up 793,000 acres from 2017 or approximately 1 percent. Corn acres in 2018 are also projected at 91 million acres, up 571,000 acres or approximately 1 percent. By 2019 however, soybean acres are projected at 91 million acres while corn acres are projected at 90 million acres.
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