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 …

AFBF, Ag Group, Video

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 …

AFBF, Ag Group, EPA, Government

AFBF Reports Farmers Want Data Control

Kelly Marshall

The American Farm Bureau Federation has released the results of a survey that shows America’s farmers and ranchers want to control their data.  The survey also showed that farmers believe a cooperative-style central repository for their information would be the best way to control security and ensure its value. “We asked our members what they thought about data, and it …

AFBF, Ag Group, Data

AFBF Tells Congress About Farm Financial Pressure

Kelly Marshall

The continued commodity price slump is hurting American farmers and Zippy Duvall is trying to make sure Congress understand just what that means to agriculture.  The American Farm Bureau Federation President (AFBF) explained to the Agriculture Subcommittee that, while all farmers and ranchers will be affected, new and young farmers will struggle most as they work to build equity, write …

AFBF, Ag Group, Government

Bearish Market Predicted for Row Crops

Kelly Marshall

The news for row crop prices isn’t great, according to the Prospective Plantings Report, with corn and rice likely to continue their current trend through the end of 2016. “The report really highlights how challenging the market is right now for major crops,” said John Anderson, deputy chief economist of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “We currently have adequate supplies …

AFBF, Agribusiness, Markets, Planting, USDA

Surprising Crop Report from USDA

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2016 Prospective Plantings report out today from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) shows farmers expect to plant more corn and less soybeans this year. U.S. corn growers expect to plant 93.6 million acres to corn this year, the first increase in corn planted acreage since 2012 and, if realized, will be the third largest corn acreage since 1944. …

AFBF, Corn, Cotton, Markets, Planting, Rice, Soybeans, USDA, wheat

#GMO Labeling Bill Fails to Advance in Senate

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite the best efforts of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Bill in a 48-49 vote Wednesday, blocking advancement of the legislation that would create a voluntary federal standard for labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients. Roberts expressed his disappointment at the inability to come to agreement on …

AFBF, Ag Group, biotechnology, GMO, Government

CropLife America Advances Advocacy at #ShowMeYFR

Kelly Marshall

CropLife America made an appearance at the recent American Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Leadership Conference.  Kellie Bray, Senior Director of Government Affairs attended the #ShowMeYFR event to represent more than 90 companies who produce crop protection products for both conventional and organic growers. Bray has seen a transition in the concerns of the member organizations in the last …

AFBF, Ag Group, Crop Protection

WOTUS Strikes Back

Jamie Johansen

Farmers and ranchers will need the force to be with them as the EPA has struck back with an even more extreme version of the Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS). Known as the Chesapeake Blueprint, the new rules will severely regulate and burden farms, possibly removing thousands of acres from production agriculture. The American Farm Bureau Federation is once …

AFBF, Ag Group, environment, EPA, Farm Bureau, water