USDA Reports Less Corn, More Soybeans Planted

Cindy Zimmerman

More soybeans and less corn planted this year, according to the USDA planted acreage report released today. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is estimating a record high 84.8 million acres of soybeans planted in the United States for 2014, up 11 percent from last year, while corn acreage planted is estimated at 91.6 million acres, down 4 percent from …

AFBF, Corn, NCGA, Soybeans, USDA

Homegrown by Heroes

Cindy Zimmerman

Few vocations are as American as veterans and farmers and now there is a new initiative that helps those who are both. The Farmer Veteran Coalition has announced the national launch of the Homegrown By Heroes initiative. This product labeling program allows farmers, ranchers and fishermen from all 50 states and U.S. territories who have served or are still serving …

AFBF, Ag Group, Farmers

Farm Bill Help from Farm Bureau

Cindy Zimmerman

If you have questions about how the new farm bill works, American Farm Bureau has answers. The American Farm Bureau Federation has produced a new series of videos and launched a website to help farmers, landowners and other stakeholders better understand the provisions of the 2014 farm bill. “We have distilled down a massive and complex piece of legislation – …

AFBF, Farm Bill

Farm Bureau Wants EPA to Ditch Water Rule

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Waters of the US” rule was published in the Federal Register last week – all 111,000 words of it. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) responded with just three words – “Ditch the Rule”. AFBF Public Policy Director Dale Moore says the “ditch” part comes from the fact that a reading of the rule indicates …

AFBF, Audio, farm land, General, water

Attention Farming Entrepreneurs

Jamie Johansen

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and The Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) recently announced a partnership to help strengthen rural America. The multi-year collaboration will address solutions to building greater economic opportunity and security for those who live in rural communities, starting with a program involving the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative to advance rural …

AFBF, Ag Group, USDA

Vilsack Addresses AFBF Convention

Jamie Johansen

This morning’s general session at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention featured a speech by our U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Yes, he spoke about the farm bill and the need for Congress to pass a new one. Interestingly, he also told us a personal story about being an orphan. Through his adopted father’s side of the family he’s …

AFBF, Ag Group, Government

AFBF Adopts Drone Use and More

Jamie Johansen

Voting delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th annual meeting concluded this week by approving resolutions that will provide the organization with its marching orders in 2014 on unfinished business like the farm bill and immigration, as well as setting policy on new issues such as drones and agricultural data. “Congress is still haggling over dairy policy, but for …

AFBF, Ag Group, Audio, technology, UAV

Can Drones Increase Profitability?

Jamie Johansen

Kansas State University’s Dr. Kevin Price was one of the presenters at the 2014 American Farm Bureau Federation Convention. His presentation was titled Drones: Turning Technological Controversy into Profit. The use of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) to fly over crops and livestock to maximize profits is one of the hottest topics entering the agriculture sector. He shared how this …

AFBF, Ag Group, Audio, technology

Biotech Crops Alliance Names Secretariat

Jamie Johansen

An alliance of organizations supporting biotech crops has named a leader to help “spearhead collaborative efforts to improve the environment for technology innovation and the market for U.S. crops produced through modern biotechnology.” Dr. Michael J. Phillips has been selected as the first secretariat for the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance (USBCA), which was established by several organizations under a memorandum …

AFBF, Ag Group, ASTA, NCGA

Commodity Groups Optimistic About Farm Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite reports that high hopes are fading for a farm bill yet this year, agriculture industry representatives at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting last week were cautiously optimistic that the end is yet in sight. “I think progress is being made and I’m still confident that we’re going to get something before the end of the year,” said Mary …

AFBF, Ag Group, Audio, Farm Bill, NCGA