‘Thank an American Farmer or Rancher’ Activity Helps Students Make the Farm-to-Food Connection

October 19, 2016 | News Releases

"Thank an American Farmer or Rancher," a Thanksgiving-themed activity for pre-K to first-grade students, helps teachers explain where food comes from, courtesy of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (
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Open Doors, Open Minds

October 19, 2016 |

Not so long ago, we welcomed our first visitors to our farm. At the time, I wasn’t exactly sure what to show them, what to say or what they’d be most interested in. But we easily filled the time looking at machinery, touring our buildings, and discussing the crops we grow and how we know where to plant them.

Leading Farm Organizations Challenge Dannon and Other Food Companies on Retreat from Sustainable Agriculture Practices

October 17, 2016 | News Releases

Leaders of the nation’s top farming organizations joined together today in urging food companies to recognize that their sustainability goals, intended to reduce the use of natural resources, cannot be achieved without the use of modern agricultural practices, despite any misleading assertions to the contrary.
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Farmers are Proud of their Sustainability Narrative

November 2016

October 15, 2016 |

Sustainability is a hot topic around food production these days. Food companies frequently hijack the word for a marketing advantage, but it’s far more than a buzzword for us. Sustainability drives our business decisions from one season to the next: a farmer or rancher who doesn’t know the value of sustainability isn’t likely to be in business very long. And yet, when food companies and self-proclaimed food experts embrace the term, they too often leave the majority of farmers and ranchers out of the discussion and go after the very tools we’re using to protect everyone’s water, air and soil.

Presidential Candidates Answer Farmers’ and Ranchers’ Questions

October 14, 2016 |

Every four years, the American Farm Bureau Federation asks the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees to address the issues that concern farmers and ranchers the most. In this Farm Bureau exclusive, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump explain their positions on biotechnology, trade, immigration reform, regulatory reform, food safety and more.

Congress Must Act to Permanently Stop the HIT

October 14, 2016 |

America’s small business community, including farmers and ranchers, consistently says that controlling the rising cost of health care is the number one concern when it comes to maintaining and growing their businesses, writes Sen. Pat Roberts.

Agricultural Policy in the 2016 Election

October 12, 2016 |

With Election Day quickly approaching, the importance of agricultural policy is even more pressing. In fact, everyone has a stake in American agriculture and protecting our farmers and ranchers’ ability to produce.

This Much is Certain: For Farmers, Crop Insurance is Essential

October 6, 2016 |

In an op-ed in the Des Moines Register, Craig Hill, president of Iowa Farm Bureau, makes the case that there is no substitute for the risk protection that crop insurance provides in years when Mother Nature is farmers’ enemy.

AFBF Announces Top 10 Teams in 2017 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

October 6, 2016 |

AFBF on Wednesday announced the top 10 teams – four finalists and six semi-finalists – in the 2017 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. AFBF President Zippy Duvall made the announcement at the organization’s October board of directors meeting, noting that four of the top 10 teams are ag technology entries.

Top 10 Teams Win $120K in Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

October 6, 2016 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation announced the top 10 teams - four finalists and six semi-finalists - in the 2017 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The challenge, now in its third year, provides opportunities for individuals to showcase business innovations being developed in rural communities throughout the U.S.
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