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American Farm Bureau Pleased with Ag Provisions in Budget Deal

February 9, 2018 | News Releases

The following statement regarding this week’s budget deal may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:
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AFBF’s Steen to the National Journal: WOTUS Should Regulate Things that Look like Water

February 9, 2018 |

American Farm Bureau Federation’s Ellen Steen was quoted by the National Journal on the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule.

Farm Bureau Asks Court to Block Obama WOTUS Rule

February 9, 2018 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking a federal district court in Texas to block the Waters of the U.S. rule. Micheal Clements has more.
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Farm Bureau Suggests Modifications for Forest Service’s NEPA Compliance

February 9, 2018 |

With an eye toward dual goals of access to healthy and productive federal forestland and ensuring these lands are managed in an environmentally sound manner, Farm Bureau is recommending several changes related to the U.S. Forest Service’s use of the National Environmental Policy Act.

H-2A Certifications Rise, Signaling Increase in Farm Labor Demand

February 8, 2018 | Newsline

Recent data from the federal government shows the need for farm labor is increasing. Micheal Clements has more.
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Cattle Inventory Indicates Potential Expansion in the Dairy Sector

February 8, 2018 |

Jan. 1 Cattle Inventory showed the highest dairy herd number since 1996, and heifer replacements also were up even with milk prices expected to head south in 2018.

H-2A Position Certifications Rise, Surprising No One

February 7, 2018 |

The Department of Labor provides updates quarterly on the number of applications it receives and the number of positions requested through the H-2A program. DOL recently released data from the first quarter of FY2018, which looked a lot like the first quarter of 2017 – except that demand increased 15 percent year on year. This continues a multi-year trend of significant year-over-year growth that has averaged 16 percent since 2012.

Opioids: Rural America’s Real Threat

February 7, 2018 |

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 100 farmers and agriculture workers suffer a lost-work-time injury every single day. Even with safety measures in place, farm and ranch work is labor-intensive, and not without risk.

Overregulation Threatens Family Farms, AFBF President Duvall Tells Senate

February 7, 2018 | News Releases

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, in testimony before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today, recounted a long list of regulatory abuses and missteps by the federal government.
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Farmers Helping Farmers

February 7, 2018 |

Farm Bureau members had many proud moments at the AFBF annual convention last month.

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