Ag Secretary is Last Minute Choice for Trump

Cindy Zimmerman

President-elect Donald Trump will officially round out his cabinet by nominating former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture just a little more than 24 hours before the inauguration. As word about the choice spread Wednesday evening, most agricultural groups were waiting until the official announcement to respond, but one of the first was American Farm Bureau president Zippy …

AFBF, Government

#AFBF17 Breaks Down Immigration Issues

Kelly Marshall

A panel recently addressed the issue of immigration reform at the American Farm Bureau Federation‘s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. Tom Hertz, an economist from the Department of Agriculture and Mark Delich, director of congressional affairs at FWD spoke to the attendees about the economic and political realities of the issue, as well as some proposed reforms. Hertz …

AFBF, Audio, Land

#AFBF17 Economic Team Offers Strategic View

Kelly Marshall

It’s true today’s farm economy has similarities to the 1980’s, but more noticeable are the differences, says Dr. Bob Young, the chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation. He and three other economists at AFBF addressed the audience at the 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. Together they gave an overview of the farm economy and what to …

AFBF, Audio

The Financial Storm of Social Media at #AFBF17

Kelly Marshall

Ryan Martin is an agriculture meteorologist at Advantage Weather Solutions– a speaker at the American Farm Bureau Federation‘s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show, but what does weather have to do with social media? Social media is actually affecting the way farmers make decisions, especially regarding weather stories, Martin told his audience. Once you’ve seen it online, it’s hard …

AFBF, Audio, social media, weather

#AFBF Offers 2017 Crop Outlook

Kelly Marshall

Dr. Pat Westhoff of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri brought attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation‘s Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show an outlook for the 2017-2018 crop demand. Overall, he says, look for 2017 to follow a similar trend of 2016, with prices continuing to be below average. “Lots of pressure …

AFBF, Audio

#AFBF17 Addresses the Dirt on Sustainability

Kelly Marshall

One of agriculture’s biggest frustrations is sustainability; not because we aren’t doing it, but because others are defining it for us, says Katie Heger, a farmer serving on American Farm Bureau Federation‘s Dirt on Sustainability panel. “We have a market that is trying to define what [sustainability] means to us and how we’re supposed to respond to that. Sustainability, really, …

AFBF, Audio, sustainability

AFBF Approves of Trump EPA Appointment

Kelly Marshall

President-elect Trump has selected Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President, Zippy Duvall, responded positively to the announcement that the Oklahoma Attorney General who challenged the California caged hen law, investigated the Humane Society of the United States, and sued the EPA on more than one occasion, will now be in a …

AFBF, Ag Group, EPA

AFBF President Visits #NAFB16

Cindy Zimmerman

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) president Zippy Duvall experienced his first National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) convention last week where he talked about his first year at the helm of the nation’s largest farm organization. “It’s been very busy and exciting and a big education for me as far as agriculture in different parts of the country,” said Duvall. …

AFBF, Audio, NAFB

Ag Groups Challenge Waters of the US Rule

Kelly Marshall

The American Farm Bureau Federation and many other organizations and businesses have asked a federal court to overrule the EPA and Army Corps of Engineer’s “Waters of the United States”. The submitted brief outlines many allegations in detail and describes a year’s worth of litigation involving the rule’s overreach. The coalition’s brief explains how EPA flouted important procedural safeguards designed …

AFBF, Ag Group, EPA, water

Thanksgiving Lesson Connects Students to Food

Kelly Marshall

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is offering pre-K through first grade teachers a Thanksgiving-themed activity.  “Thank an American Farmer or Rancher” explains where food comes and asks students to write, draw or create thank you letters and cards for America’s farmers. The lesson plan, a letter written by a farmer, suggested reading list, and class discussion ideas are …

AFBF, Ag Group, Education