Future of Ag Joins in Chorus of ‘Ditch the Rule!’

John DavisAFBF, Ag Group, environment, Farm Bureau, Government, Regulation

Producers who will be the future of agriculture are telling the federal government to keep an unpopular water rule from having a future of its own. This news release from Farm Bureau says the group’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee wants the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to ditch the proposed Waters of the U.S. … Read More

AFBF Videos on Big-Data Share Risks & Rewards for Farmers

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Data, Farm Bureau, technology

The American Farm Bureau Federation released a series of short educational videos to help farmers and ranchers understand the rewards and risks of data-analysis technologies sweeping the agricultural landscape. “Modern data technology offers great benefits for America’s farmers and ranchers, but these new advantages don’t come without some risks,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. From collecting weather data to analyzing … Read More

Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur Award

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Award, Farm Bureau

ALMACO, is a community supporter and tireless innovator in the global pursuit to end world hunger. The longtime family-owned manufacturing company was nominated for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur award by employees and Story County Economic Development leaders. Founded in 1880, ALMACO is the oldest company in Story county; their first products were horseshoes for … Read More

GMO Benefits Win Over Iowa Grocery Shoppers

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Farm Bureau, GMO

Nearly 9 out of 10 (87%) Iowa grocery shoppers say knowing that crops developed with genetically modified organisms (GMO) can produce foods which provide better nutritional value would influence their decision to purchase this type of food for their family; that’s according to the latest research recently completed for the Iowa Farm Bureau Food and Farm Index™, conducted online by … Read More

Farmers Awarded for Natural Resource Conservation

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Conservation, Farm Bureau

Like most agricultural producers in Florida, farmers and ranchers help maintain the quality of life we all enjoy. Their daily work maintains freshwater recharge areas, wildlife habitat and greenspace even they produce food for consumers here and across the world. The families have earned top recognition under the County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) program. Created by Florida Farm … Read More

Big Data, Drones & Next Decade’s Drivers of Ag Profit

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Data, Farm Bureau, technology, UAV

As intense summer storms continue to trek across the state, Iowa farmers know that weather is one factor they can’t control, but emerging technology is helping today’s farmers scout fields, spot and fix rain-washed areas of their field and can even help them make more efficient use of fertilizer or pesticides. The upcoming 2014 Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit, ‘Finding … Read More

Economist Finds EPA Analysis of Water Rule Flawed

Jamie JohansenAg Group, environment, Farm Bureau, Government, water

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Water Act rule is rife with errors, lacks transparency and would greatly expand strict federal control over land that was previously not regulated by the federal government, according to a report by economist and University of California-Berkley faculty member Dr. David Sunding. Sunding’s report, Review of 2014 EPA Economic Analysis of Proposed Revised Definition … Read More

IFBF Members Urge Support of Conservation Programs

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Conservation, Farm Bureau, Soil, water

Iowa Farm Bureau members urge Governor Branstad to sign legislation authorizing additional one-time investments approved by lawmakers this year, including appropriations to the Water Quality Initiative, Soil Conservation Cost-Share Program, and the Ag Drainage Well Closure Program. A commitment to these important conservation programs will leverage private funds and are ideal areas to invest in Iowa’s water quality and soil … Read More

AFBF Annual Convention Around the Corner

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Audio, Farm Bureau

The 2014 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention is right around the corner in San Antonio, TX. January 12-15 marks the organizations 95th convention and the event is expected to attract 6,000 farmers and ranchers from across the country. Cindy caught up with AFBF’s Mace Thornton, Director of Communications, during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Convention where he … Read More