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Farm Bureau Details Ag Program Funding Priorities, Calls for Disaster Relief

April 11, 2019 |

As lawmakers on both sides of Capitol Hill work on funding agriculture programs for 2020, the American Farm Bureau Federation is urging them to move past the political impasse that has stalled the supplemental disaster relief bill.

The Hill: EPA’s Water Rules are Finally Starting to Make Sense for Farmers

April 11, 2019 |

The Hill on Wednesday published an op-ed by AFBF President Zippy Duvall on the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Water Rule. “After years of controversy and litigation, the administration’s new Clean Water Rule provides a great opportunity for a fresh start,” Duvall wrote.

Failure Means You’re Trying

April 10, 2019 |

Although the saying “Failure means you’re trying” is supposed to bring comfort, hearing it doesn’t always make it easier to accept our failures.

What A Difference a Month Makes: April Jobs Report

April 10, 2019 |

Taking a little poetic license to change Dinah Washington’s “What a Difference a Day Makes” to ‘”what a difference a month makes” and we have a spot-on theme for the April jobs report. Recall that the March report indicated the economy added a scant 20,000 jobs in February. This month, the report showed a 196,000-job gain, which is much more in line with the previous several months in which new jobs averaged over 250,000 per month. Even the 20,000 number for February increases was boosted in the first revision to 33,000. Still an outlier, but movement in the right direction.

How Farmers Hold onto Hope in the Tough Times

April 10, 2019 |

Spring is one of my favorite seasons on the farm. It’s a time of new life, fresh starts and, most of all, hope.

Rep. Jason Smith Fires Up Family Business Estate Tax Coalition

April 8, 2019 |

Helping lawmakers, especially new members of Congress, get a good handle on the overall importance of farming and ranching is the first step to securing support for repealing the estate tax, Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) recently told several members of the Family Business Estate Tax Coalition.

Farmers Need Disaster Assistance

Economic Contribution of Agriculture in Disaster-Impacted Regions

April 8, 2019 |

In 2018 and 2019 U.S. farmers and ranchers nationwide weathered several major disasters including wildfires, a volcanic eruption, two Category 4 hurricanes, an earthquake, tornadoes and major flooding. While the direct financial estimates of the damage — which include several factors, such as infrastructure damage, supply chain disruption and business interruption, as well as the loss of crops and livestock – are still being compiled, it is possible to assess the economic contribution of agriculture in the regions most affected by these natural disasters.

AFBF Calls on Congress to Provide Disaster Relief Now

April 5, 2019 | Newsline

Farmers and ranchers enduring billions of dollars in losses need Congress to pass disaster assistance immediately. Micheal Clements has more.
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American Farm Bureau Relieved that Border Will Remain Open

April 4, 2019 | News Releases

The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.
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The Washington Times: Federal Subsidies, Agriculture Prices Help Farmers Weather Storm

April 4, 2019 |

The Washington Times quoted Farm Bureau sources almost exclusively in an article about how farmers are weathering trade concerns in the context of a predicted uptick in farm profits.

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