Year: 2019

If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When? – April 17, 2019

By Randy Dwyer “If not us, who? If not now, when?” These questions have been posed by many over the years in an attempt to draw attention to causes both large and small. For Farm Bureau farmer and rancher members, the answers to these questions should hold more meaning today than ever before. Read Full Article

Now is the Time to Weigh in on Proposed Clean Water Rule

By Cyndie Shearing, American Farm Bureau Federation “Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights” has long been attributed to Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and our nation’s third president. When he wrote those words in 1789, Jefferson could not have imagined how true they would ring more than 200 years later, when the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed an overreaching “waters of the Read Full Article

What happens when we run out of food? – April 2019

This was the headline for a 20 March 2019 story by Richard Gray from the BBC. The story is one which most Americans would probably never read because they’ve not had to worry about running out of food. The article points out that while famines were on the decline in the past, they are starting to make a comeback. Read Full Article

Nebraska Farm Bureau Launches Disaster Relief Fund and Information Exchange Portal – March 15, 2019

LINCOLN, NEB., March 15, 2019 – The Nebraska Farm Bureau has launched relief efforts to aid Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities suffering from the natural disasters that have impacted the state. The relief efforts include the establishment of a disaster relief fund and launch of an online agriculture disaster exchange portal to connect those in need with those who can help. Read Full Article

Agriculture: Food for Life

When you think about agriculture, food is the first thing that comes to mind for most people.  Food is definitely important for life, however, farmers and ranchers provide for much more than food alone.  Plant and animal biotechnology have resulted in new antibodies for immunizations.  Agriculture has also contributed to research that has helped develop surgical techniques and pharmaceuticals that help save lives. And that is just the beginning of how agriculture is food for life.  Agriculture protects and provides for open spaces, clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and local economies.  Agriculture:  Food for Life and working to Keep Read Full Article

“Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” is March 4-9

In a room full of Wyoming farmers and ranchers, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed his first proclamation as Governor designating the week of March 4th as “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week.”  “I can’t be more proud than to have Farm Bureau here,” Governor Gordon stated as he took pen to paper declaring the importance of agriculture literacy and Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation’s “Ag Books for Kids” program. “Ag is important to Wyoming,” Governor Gordon stated.  “There is a work ethic on the farm and ranch that is second to none.” Read Full Article

Farm Bureau Releases Strategic Action Plan Goals for 2019 – Feb. 1, 2019

The American Farm Bureau Federation today released its top public policy goals for the year. The AFBF board approved its 2019 Strategic Action Plan following delegate action during the organization’s 100th annual convention in New Orleans. AFBF will use the goals as a guide for strategic planning and grassroots activity throughout 2019. The five top issues are: 116th Congress: Build relationships to educate and work with members of Congress, with support from Farm Bureau’s grassroots leaders and lobbying programs, to promote policies that benefit farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Agricultural Labor: Enact legislation that helps farmers and ranchers meet their Read Full Article

Effective process established 100 years ago – February 2019

For the second year in a row President Trump was the closing presenter to the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention. The American Farm Bureau Federation also celebrated its 100th Anniversary where we recognized some of the accomplishments of the nation’s largest general agriculture organization. We certainly should be proud that we have a national organization that is still going strong after a century of working on agriculture issues. Read Full Article

USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Limited Services During Government Shutdown – Jan. 16, 2019

(Washington, D.C., January 16, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21. Read Full Article

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