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

Top 10 Rural Entrepreneurs Announced

Cindy Zimmerman

The top ten teams in the 2017 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge have been announced, with the top four to compete for the title of Rural Entrepreneur of the Year at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual convention in January. “Entrepreneurship is alive and well in rural America,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “It’s a pleasure to recognize these …

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AFBF Selects Teachers to Pilot Classroom Resource

Kelly Marshall

Four teachers will have the opportunity to pilot the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the International Food Information Council Foundation‘s new educational resources.  “Bringing Biotechnology to Life” is a set of free lessons that teach students about agriculture biotechnology and how it affects food production. The four educators are: Amy Dawson of Paragould, Arkansas; Ginger Reimer of Claremore, Oklahoma; …

AFBF, Ag Group, Education, technology

Candidates Offer Views on Ag Issues

Kelly Marshall

While the candidates may weigh in during tonight’s debate on issues such as immigration and trade, which are important to agriculture, it’s not likely they will address topics such as the farm bill and biotechnology. So, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) went to both nominees and asked them the same questions on a number of issues that concern farmers …

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New Poll Shows Support for TPP

Kelly Marshall

The American Farm Bureau Federation has released the results of a poll from Morning Consult regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Most participants favor fair trade, which is something AFBF would like to remind candidates running in the 2016 Election. “Most Americans support free trade,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said, “and most farmers do, too. Exports account for …

AFBF, Ag Group, trade

Farm Groups Praise Obama for Signing Labeling Bill

Kelly Marshall

Multiple farm organizations have released statements, thanking President Obama for signing the food labeling bill into law.  The new law was created to protect the food supply from a patch-work of state labeling laws and to offer consumers a more transparent, national system. “We are grateful to President Obama for swiftly signing into law a bill that is crucial for …

AFBF, Ag Group, ASA, Government, Labeling, NCGA

House Sends #GMO Disclosure Bill to President

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. House yesterday approved the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard by a vote of 309 to 117. The legislation, which preempts individual state laws to require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients, was passed by the Senate last week and is expected to be signed by President Obama. “I have said this is the most important food and …

AFBF, ASTA, biotechnology, Food, GMO, Government

AFBF Calls on Congress to Assist with Labor Shortages

Kelly Marshall

The American Farm Bureau Federation has produced a new video highlighting the difficulties farmers face in finding workers to harvest crops.  The video shows the plight of peach production in Georgia, but the message outlines the scope of the problem nation wide. Hiring a seasonal skilled workforce to bring crops in from the fields to America’s tables has proved to …

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AFBF Pleased with Supreme Court Ruling

Kelly Marshall

A unanimous Supreme Court ruling was handed down yesterday.  The law of the land says landowners may challenge the federal government and the Army Corps of Engineers over improper regulations designed to protect water. Landowners have attempted many times to challenge Corps rulings known as jurisdictional determinations, but the government successfully argued that those determinations were not “final agency actions” …

AFBF, Ag Group, EPA, water

FB Tells Congress EPA, Army Corp of Engineers Violate Law

Kelly Marshall

The American Farm Bureau Federation told the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife that the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers have violated their own regulations.  The groups have effectively invented new rules to enforce the Clean Water Act, said senior director of congressional relations, Don Parrish.  These interpretations of the law are threatening the livelihoods of Americas who …

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