Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture


10 Semi-Finalist Teams Advance in Ag Innovation Challenge

October 5, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, is advancing ag innovation by supporting start-ups from across the country through the 2021 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge.
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Impact of the Farm Bill Change to the Class I Milk Price on Dairy Farm Income

How COVID-19 and a Farm Bill Change to Milk Prices Has Cost Dairy Farmers Millions

October 5, 2020 |

For nearly two decades the price for Class I milk, i.e., milk used to produce beverage milk products, was based on the higher-of the advanced Class III and Class IV skim milk price. Class III milk is used to produce cheese and Class IV milk is used to produce nonfat dry milk powders. Advanced pricing allows fluid milk processors to know their milk procurement costs up to six weeks in advance and the higher-of element ensured fluid milk prices were always based on the highest-priced manufacturing class of milk.

Mental Health Matters in Rural America

October 5, 2020 |

AFBF President Zippy Duvall sits down with California farmer Tara Beaver Coronado and Colorado Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Chad Vorthmann to discuss ways to address rural stress and prioritize mental health.

Feeding Minds Press Seeks Engaging Manuscripts for Children’s Ag Books

October 5, 2020 |

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Feeding Minds Press is open for manuscript submissions.

CME Introduces Pork Cutout Contract Amid Strengthening Pork Market

October 2, 2020 |

On Tuesday, the CME Group announced it will be launching a new pork cutout-based contract. The new pork cutout futures and options are intended to be complementary to existing lean hog contracts and aim to provide market participants the ability to manage risk from the live animal through the meat case.

AFBF Supports HAULS Act

October 1, 2020 | Newsline

A bill introduced in the Senate this week provides agricultural producers much-needed flexibility for hauling agricultural commodities and livestock.
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Congress Reimburses Commodity Credit Corporation

October 1, 2020 |

After Senate passage earlier that day, President Trump on Sept. 30 signed the continuing resolution to keep the government funded through Dec. 11.

Legislation Brings Needed Reform to Conservation Compliance Program

October 1, 2020 | News Releases

Legislation introduced in the Senate would bring much-needed reform to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Compliance program. The NRCS Wetland Compliance and Appeals Reform Act, introduced by Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), would require the NRCS to provide more evidence in determining wetlands and give farmers more rights in the appeals process.
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Broadband Internet, More Valuable than Ever

September 30, 2020 |

One of the many things the coronavirus pandemic has taught us is the value of broadband internet.

Let’s Keep Talking About Mental Health

September 30, 2020 |

If you had asked me five years ago if we in agriculture would be talking so much about mental health, I probably would have said no.

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