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Farm Groups Seek Additional COVID-19 Protections for Farm Workers

September 29, 2020 | Newsline

The American Farm Bureau Federation and other farm groups are calling on the White House to provide additional COVID-19 protection for farm workers.
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The State: of the Debates

September 29, 2020 |

Expectations could not be higher for any of the candidates heading into debate night. Biden will focus on extending his lead and pulling as far ahead of Trump as possible before Election Day, while Trump, will try to cut into Biden’s lead and make it a fight to the finish.

Martha’s Vineyard Establishes First New County Farm Bureau in 10-Plus Years

September 28, 2020 |

The unique challenges and opportunities of farming on an island just 20 miles long and 9 miles wide prompted growers on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, to establish their own county Farm Bureau – believed to be the first newly created Farm Bureau in the country in at least 10 years.

Ag Groups Call for More Resources to Protect Employees, Communities from Coronavirus

September 24, 2020 | News Releases

Over 160 farm, food and agriculture organizations today sent a letter to the White House Coronavirus Task Force calling for the federal government to take additional steps and devote new resources to help farmers, ranchers and growers across the country protect their employees from the novel coronavirus.
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Early Season New-Crop Sales Continue to Impress

September 24, 2020 |

Back in August, we wrote about new-crop sales of soybeans, corn, sorghum and cotton to China. In the six weeks since then, sales of these crops have continued to turn heads. Large sales combined with decreased production estimates in the September World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report have put upward pressure on futures prices and increased growers’ optimism. It’s time to look again at 2020/21 crop sales to China in relation to previous years. Here we compare new-crop outstanding sales plus accumulated exports (2020/21 marketing year) to the same period from the last five years.

New Report Examines Cattle Market Issues & Solutions

September 24, 2020 | News Releases

A new report unveiled today by the American Farm Bureau Federation provides an in-depth examination of the causes and price implications resulting from extreme market volatility in the cattle industry. It also sets the stage to explore policy solutions.
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Farm Bureau Launches Think F.A.S.T. (Farm & Ag Safety Training) for Youth

September 24, 2020 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau has launched a new online youth safety course, Think F.A.S.T. (Farm & Ag Safety Training).
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Positivity During the Pandemic

September 23, 2020 |

I’ve been in the medical field for 15 years, and in my medical training I was taught that you should sing happy birthday twice while washing your hands to get off all the germs – high-level stuff that I learned at a very prestigious school.

Second Batch of Coronavirus Assistance Will Help More Farmers

September 23, 2020 |

Last week, President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue announced a second round of direct aid to farmers and ranchers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

Lawmakers Show Support for Farmers

September 22, 2020 | News Releases

The decision by House lawmakers to include a reimbursement of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) in the continuing resolution demonstrates their support for America’s farmers. The measure passed tonight and will now go to the Senate. Funds from the CCC support farm programs ranging from conservation to risk management. The CCC was dangerously close to running out of funds, which would have effectively shut down the farm safety net.
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