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Getting Back to Work in Washington

April 17, 2019 |

Good morning from our nation’s capital—it’s been good to be back in Washington!

Census Finds Changes in Farms, Farmers and Production Practices

April 16, 2019 | Newsline

The 2017 Census of Agriculture released last week shows changes to farm sizes, operators and farming practices. Micheal Clements has more.
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Forbes: US and EU On Trade Talk Objectives; US Now Trying to Change Them

April 16, 2019 |

In a recent column, Forbes contributor John Brinkley pointed out that although President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reached an agreement in July on negotiating parameters of a hoped-for U.S.-EU trade agreement, agriculture was not open for discussion, except for soybeans.

Bloomberg Businessweek: Farmers Still Support President Trump, Despite Trade Woes

April 16, 2019 |

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted several Farm Bureau sources including Economist Veronica Nigh in an article about how many farmers continue to support President Donald Trump despite the trade difficulties they are experiencing. Nigh explained that China’s punitive tariffs on imports of U.S. soybeans have prompted mainland pig farmers to find alternate feed sources.

Reviewing U.S. Dairy Supply Management Efforts

April 15, 2019 |

Following five consecutive years of low milk prices and record U.S. milk production, some U.S. dairy farmers are again interested in coordinated intervention in dairy markets -- specifically, a milk supply management program designed to increase the price farmers receive for their milk. Farm Bureau grassroots leaders debated this issue in 2019 and ultimately decided to oppose a mandatory quota system with the willingness to consider a flexible supply management system that is administered through the marketplace and not through the federal government, i.e., milk processors and cooperatives alongside individual dairy farmers.

Changes Needed in Mapping Process for Broadband Funding

April 12, 2019 | Newsline

Farmers and ranchers say the federal government needs to compile more accurate data in the process that determines federal funding for broadband projects. Micheal Clements has more.
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Farm Bureau Statement on Confirmation of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt

April 12, 2019 | News Releases

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:
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Farm Bureau Calls for House Approval of Disaster Aid

April 12, 2019 |

The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling on the House to pass the Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 2157) to help farmers, ranchers and rural communities devastated by catastrophic weather events.

Mississippi Farm Bureau: Accurate Broadband Maps are Crucial

April 11, 2019 |

With farmers as dependent on broadband as they are on highways, railways and waterways to ship their products across the country and around the world, the Federal Communications Commission must improve its maps to more accurately reflect rural Americans’ access to high-speed broadband internet — or lack thereof, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation President Mike McCormick told a Senate committee on Wednesday.

Last Chance to Comment on Clean Water Rule

April 11, 2019 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation is encouraging farmers and ranchers to stand for clean water and clear rules by showing support for the new Clean Water Rule. Micheal Clements has more.
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