Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

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September – A Time to Remember, Find Hope and Have Faith

September 9, 2020 |

This time of year brings beautiful memories of fall colors, the hope for a safe, bountiful harvest and for me, the remembrance of friends gone too soon. But as someone once said, “As long as we are being remembered, we remain alive.”

Farm Bureau Family Helps Neighbors Weather the Storm

September 9, 2020 |

“What can we do to help?”

Trump, Biden Outline Agricultural Priorities

September 9, 2020 | News Releases

A new look into the priorities for rural America of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is revealed in responses to a questionnaire distributed by the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF asked the Republican and Democratic candidates to respond with their stances on several topics directly affecting America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities, including trade, labor, regulatory reform and sustainability.
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Farm-to-Retail Price Spread Widens

September 8, 2020 | Newsline

The COVID-19 pandemic created a record gap between what consumers pay for beef and pork and the money received by farmers. Micheal Clements tells us how large the disparity is.
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US Food Supply Chain Adapts to Pandemic Shifts

September 7, 2020 |

FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin and South Carolina farmer Chalmers Carr discuss what’s next as the food chain adapts to major shifts in demand, as well as efforts on the farm and in local grocery stores to protect frontline employees.

Pandemic Results in Record Farm-to-Retail Price Spreads in Beef and Pork

September 4, 2020 |

COVID-19 has resulted in record price spreads for pork and beef at all three farm-to-consumer processing points: the farm-to-wholesale spread, the wholesale-to-retail spread, and the farm-to-retail spread.

Increased China Sales Still Not on Pace

September 3, 2020 | Newsline

New trade data shows China buying more U.S. commodities. However, Micheal Clements tells us those sales aren’t on pace with trade commitments.
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Farm Cash Receipts Forecasted to Hit a Decade-Low in 2020

September 3, 2020 |

Following a sharp downturn in many commodity prices following COVID-19, e.g., Coronavirus Sends Crop and Livestock Prices into a Tailspin, USDA’s most recent Farm Income Forecast, released Sept. 2, projects cash receipts from the sales of crops and livestock will decline by $12 billion, or 3%, from 2019 to $358 billion. If realized, U.S. farm cash receipts will be at the lowest level in more than a decade, and $18 billion below the 10-year average of $376 billion.

Investigation is Positive Step Toward Fixing Trade Imbalances

September 2, 2020 | News Releases

The USDA, United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) office and the U.S. Department of Commerce are taking action to remedy damage caused to America’s produce farmers by increased imports from other countries. USTR is requesting the International Trade Commission focus on blueberries. Imports of fresh fruits and vegetables have increased dramatically over the past 25 years, driving down prices for domestically grown produce.
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Farm and Rural Families Should Stand up and be Counted in the 2020 Census

Data collection ends Sept. 30

September 2, 2020 |

The 2020 Census is underway. Participation and leadership from farmers, ranchers and other agricultural leaders is critical, and will have an impact on rural communities for the next 10 years.

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