Celebrating Career and Technical Education

February 14, 2018 |

Throughout Career and Technical Education Month this February, educators, students and the business community celebrate the value of career and technical education and the achievements of these programs across the country.

Building on NAFTA’s Success

February 14, 2018 |

Agriculture will be keeping a close eye on the next rounds of the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation this month in Mexico City and Washington, D.C.

Good Intentions, Bad Policy

February 14, 2018 |

The nation’s system of laws and regulations is filled with policies that come from good intentions but, when applied without enough thought or input, don’t make sense in their implementation.

Farm Bureau Advocacy Represented and Praised at National Advocacy Conference

February 14, 2018 |

Last week, the Farm Bureau advocacy and political affairs team attended the Public Affairs Council’s national Advocacy Conference and I had the chance to be a speaker at this high-caliber gathering.

Emissions Reporting Relief Bill a Breath of Fresh Air for Ag

February 13, 2018 | News Releases

Today’s introduction of S. 2421, the Fair Agriculture Reporting Method (FARM) Act is a welcome relief to farmers and ranchers who will soon need to file unnecessary, low-level continuous air emissions reports under federal Superfund and emergency response laws.
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Infrastructure Proposal Includes Critical Funding for Rural Projects

February 13, 2018 | Newsline

President Trump’s infrastructure proposal would provide much needed funding for rural projects. Micheal Clements has more.
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Feeding Minds Press Will Focus on Accurate Agriculture Books for Children

February 13, 2018 | News Releases

Bringing children accurate knowledge about how their food is grown is the goal of Feeding Minds Press, a new children’s book publishing venture from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
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President’s Infrastructure Plan Paves Way for Boosting Rural Economy, Farm Bureau Says

February 12, 2018 | News Releases

The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:
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Net Farm Income Projected to Drop to 12-Year Low

For Most, On-Farm Household Income Remains Negative

February 12, 2018 |

After rebounding slightly in 2017, net farm income in 2018 is expected to fall to $59.5 billion, a 12-year low, according to USDA Economic Research Service’s most recent 2018 Farm Sector Income Forecast. If realized, this would be the lowest net farm income since 2006 and would represent a decline of 6.7 percent from the USDA’s 2017 projection. Net farm income is a comprehensive indicator of U.S. farm profitability – for all crops and livestock – and includes cash receipts from farming as well as farm-related income, including government payments and noncash items like changes in inventories, economic depreciation and gross imputed rental income, minus cash expenses.

Farm Bureau Asks Court to Block Obama WOTUS Rule

February 9, 2018 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation, the Texas Farm Bureau and other members of a broad industry and agricultural coalition have asked a federal district court in Texas to issue a nationwide stay blocking the Obama administration’s illegal 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” rule from taking effect on farms and ranches across the nation.
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