Meet New Farm Bureau YF&R Chair

Jamie Johansen

I was excited to hear a fellow southwest Missouri girl was elected as the 2017 chairperson of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee during the AFBF annual meeting in Phoenix this week. Kalena Bruce will take over as chair in February, at the end of the committee’s leadership conference, will serve a one year term and will …

AFBF, Audio, Farm Bureau

We All Want Safe Food – Food Safety Rule Challenges

Jamie Johansen

Bob Ehart, senior policy and science advisor with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), spoke to farmers and ranchers during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). NASDA and AFBF simply want to ensure farmers have the tools needed to meet these …

AFBF, Ag Group, Audio, Food, food safety, NASDA

Animal Ag Reacts To GIPSA Proposal

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a final rule for the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) yesterday. USDA refers to the rule as common sense protections to restore fairness and reduce the burden for farmers seeking justice under the Packers and Stockyards Act. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement joined by National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson …

AFBF, Ag Group, Farm Bureau, Government, National Chicken Council, NCBA, NPPC, Policy, usda

Thanksgiving Dinner is Cheaper This Year

Cindy Zimmerman

Americans will be giving thanks this week for a less expensive Thanksgiving dinner on their tables, according to the annual survey from American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 31st annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.87, a …

AFBF, Food

2017 On The Farm STEM Events Announced

Lizzy Schultz

The beef checkoff has announced three On the Farm STEM professional development events for 2017. The events are designed for those who train or coach STEM teachers. “If you work as a STEM coordinator, coach at a school district or university or work in a leadership role, this may be a great fit for you,” said Julie Tesch, executive director …

AFBF, Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Company Announcement, Education

FFA To Farm Bureau: Life After the Blue Jacket

Lizzy Schultz

Attendees at the 2016 National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis had a blast visiting the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) booth, which offered FFA members the chance to dress up in wacky accessories and pose for photos with the AFBF photo frame. “Our hope is that we can bring FFA members into our booth, help them have a really …

AFBF, Ag Group, Audio, FFA, University, Youth

Farm Bureau Fall Harvest Marketbasket Survey

Jamie Johansen

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Fall Harvest Marketbasket Survey indicates lower retail prices for several foods, including eggs, whole milk, cheddar cheese, chicken breast, sirloin tip roast and ground chuck. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals was $49.70, down $4.40 or 8 percent compared …

AFBF, Ag Group, Farm Bureau, Food, Markets

Farm Bureau Asks USDA for Emergency Dairy Aid

Jamie Johansen

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has asked the USDA to provide emergency assistance for the nation’s dairy farmers. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, AFBF President Zippy Duvall said AFBF supported a recent request from 61 members of Congress asking USDA to provide emergency assistance. Duvall noted the U.S. all-milk price fell to $14.50 per hundredweight in …

AFBF, Ag Group, Dairy, dairy farming, usda

Feed & Grain LIVE Announces Event Location

Lizzy Schultz

Feed & Grain has announced that Feed & Grain LIVE, along with the Preventive Controls for Animal Food course, presented by Iowa State University and the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), will be held at Prairie Meadows Casino and Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. Feed & Grain LIVE will be held Aug. 22-23, with the Preventive Controls for Animal Food …

AFBF, AFIA, Ag Group, Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Events, Feed, food safety

4th Of July Cookout Costs Still Under $6/Person

Lizzy Schultz

An informal survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) dug into the cost of summer cookout season. The survey looked into the cost of Americans’ favorite foods for the Fourth of July, including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk, and found that, while the food products will cost slightly more this …

AFBF, Ag Group, consumer, Farm Bureau, Food