AFBF Goes to ‘Music City, USA’

Melissa Sandfort

The American Farm Bureau Federation has announced the country music artists who will be performing at its 94th Annual Meeting, Jan. 13-16 in Nashville, Tenn., also known as “Music City, USA.” The three-part country music group Edens Edge will perform at the opening general session on Sunday Jan. 13, which begins at 9 a.m. The Arkansas trio is composed of …

AFBF, Agribusiness, Events

Expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill

Melissa Sandfort

Several major agricultural organizations issued a joint statement today on the official expiration of the 2008 farm bill. The 2008 law governing many of our nation’s farm policies expired on Sunday, September 30th, and the 2012 Farm Bill needed to replace it is bottled up in Congress. While the Senate and the House Agriculture Committees were both able to pass …

AFBF, Agribusiness, corn, Dairy Group, farm bill, Farm Policy, National Milk

Ag Groups Show United Front for Farm Bill Now Rally

Joanna Schroeder

Two agricultural organizations that are often on the opposite side of the fence have joined together in the fight to get the Farm Bill passed. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has united with the National Farmers Union as masters of ceremonies for the Farm Bill Now rally in Washington, D.C. on September 12 at 11:00 am EDT at Union …

AFBF, Agribusiness, Audio, farm bill

NMPF Among Those Urging Rejection of Disaster Bill

John Davis

The National Milk Producers Federation is part of a coalition of about a dozen agriculture groups urging Senate leaders to “refrain from supporting” any legislation resembling the House-passed disaster bill should it come up in the Senate. The group also includes the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Soybean Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Corn Growers …

AFBF, Ag Group, Government

Committee, Ag Leaders React to FARRM Bill Passage

John Davis

It took nearly 15 hours, but members of the House Agriculture Committee were able to pass their version of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) Bill. Committee Chair Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) praised the bipartisan legislation: “This is a balanced, reform-minded, fiscally responsible bill that underscores our commitment to production …

AFBF, farm bill, Government, usda

House Ag Hearing on Biotech Focuses on Alfalfa

Cindy Zimmerman

The future of biotech alfalfa was in the spotlight as the U.S. House Agriculture Committee held a hearing Thursday to review the biotechnology product regulatory approval process. Prior to the hearing, committee chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) joined Senate Republican colleagues in sending a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting that the department “return to a science based regulatory system …

AFBF, Alfalfa, Biotech, usda

Farm Journal Offers Dairy Seminars at AG CONNECT Expo

Cindy Zimmerman

Farm Journal Media is offering a series of in-depth educational programs and events co-located at the AG CONNECT Expo that starts Friday at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Sunday morning’s Farm Journal Media Presents is devoted entirely to the dairy industry with a Dairy Today Forum: Meeting Dairy Challenges: In the Parlor, In the Field, In the World. …

AFBF, Education

Pioneer Funds Ag Literacy Website

Cindy Zimmerman

DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred is helping to fight ag illiteracy with a $500,000 donation to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s My American Farm virtual education program. “The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has identified a great opportunity for teaching the public about modern agriculture. Through science and productivity, farmers are feeding the world and bettering the lives …

AFBF, Education, Pioneer Hi-Bred

Dairy Farmer is New AFBF YF&R Chair

Cindy Zimmerman

A dairy farmer who is a YouTube hit with his original “Water ‘n Poo” song is the new chairman of the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. Will Gilmer of Alabama was elected as by the committee as chairperson for 2010 and will take over those duties in February to serve for one year. Gilmer owns and …

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