Videos Demonstrate Ways Farmers Protect Water

Kelly Marshall

Iowa farmers are known for not just growing food, fiber and fuel, but for doing it well.  Their fertile soils, combined with varied terrain and a lot of Mother Nature mean farmers face challenges when it comes to keeping nitrates where they belong.  The Iowa Water Quality Initiative has been a big part of helping farm families use innovative, science-proven …

Ag Group, Conservation, Farm Bureau, Video

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

New Risks, New Rewards for Farmers and Big Data

Taylor Truckey

Privacy concerns are still forefront in farmers minds even with the substantial benefits of new technology and the associated A”big data.” Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst explained farmer concerns to the House Agriculture Committee during a hearing this week. Hurst, a board member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, was asked to testify on innovation and its implications for …

AFBF, Farm Bureau, Government, technology

AFBF Releases More EPA Overreach Maps

Kelly Marshall

The American Farm Bureau Federation has released even more maps to help visualize the EPA’s overreach in the new WOTUS rule.  The maps show how the government intends to radically expand its jurisdiction over land, highlighting the fact that nearly all of the total acreage for the four states illustrated would full under EPA jurisdiction. The maps prepared by Geosyntec Consulting show …

AFBF, Ag Group, EPA, Farm Bureau, water, Water Management

MO Farm Bureau Speaks Out Against WOTUS

Jamie Johansen

The Missouri Farm Bureau has put together interactive maps to give a feel of how the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that goes into effect this weekend will impact the state. Well over 95% of the state of Missouri will qualify as a water of the U.S. under this rule. I spoke with Blake Hurst, president of the …

Ag Group, Audio, environment, Farm Bureau, Government, Regulation, water

Farm Bureau Maps Show EPA Increasing Authority

John Davis

New maps released by Farm Bureau shows the federal government is massively increasing its authority at the cost of American producers. This news release from the group says the Environmental Protection Agency will radically expand its jurisdiction over land use if its controversial Waters of the United States rule takes effect as expected Aug. 28. That expansion comes even as …

AFBF, Ag Group, environment, Farm Bureau, water

Farm Bureau: Ag Could Really Soar with Drones

John Davis

Farm Bureau says agricultural drones could really help farmers and ranchers soar to success. This news release says the group submitted comments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that focused on performance-based standards for the FAA’s rule on the “Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.” “Drones are the next evolution in American agriculture,” said Dale Moore, AFBF executive …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, drone, Farm Bureau, UAS, UAV

Farm Bureau Endorses Bill to Sink WOTUS Rule

Jamie Johansen

The American Farm Bureau Federation asked Congress to pass legislation ordering the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the controversial “Waters of the United States” proposal. In a letter copied to all members of Congress, AFBF President Bob Stallman wrote that the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 represents an opportunity for Congress to …

Ag Group, environment, Farm Bureau, Government, water

Drones Really Take Off with Farmers and Ranchers

John Davis

Farmers and ranchers are accepting and embracing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones. This news release from Farm Bureau says one of the group’s members, Jeff VanderWerff, went before a Senate subcommittee to explain drones’ value and how farmers and ranchers are leading the way in exploring commercial use for this technology. America’s farmers and …

AFBF, Ag Group, Agribusiness, drone, Farm Bureau, UAV

Land, Regulations Top Young Farmer Concerns Again

John Davis

A new survey shows that young farmers are still worried about getting adequate land to grow crops and raise animals. This news release from the American Farm Bureau Federation says the group’s annual outlook survey of participants in the Young Farmers & Ranchers program found that 29 percent of respondents were concerned about that issue, followed by government regulations, which …

AFBF, Ag Group, Agribusiness, Farm Bureau, Government, Land, Regulation