Transparency Key to Building Consumer Trust

Jamie Johansen

Research has proven that transparency is no longer an option for farmers and ranchers, the Center for Food Integrity’s Charlie Arnot told farmers and ranchers from across the country during the recent American Farm Bureau Federation’s 97th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show. “As we’ve changed in size and scale and in the kind of production techniques and technology we …

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Meet the New Leadership of the American Farm Bureau

Jamie Johansen

A good crowd of ag media reporters stayed to the bitter end of the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Orlando Tuesday evening to hear from the new president and vice president of the organization. Zippy Duvall, who served as president of Georgia Farm Bureau for nine years, is the 12th president of AFBF, chosen in the first open election …

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Beef STEM Event to Engage Science Coordinators

Jamie Johansen

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has announced an “On the Farm STEM Experience” for science curriculum coordinators, funded by the Beef Checkoff. Selected participants will receive a $2,000 stipend to attend the event held March 28-30, 2016, immediately prior to the National Science Teachers Association annual convention in Nashville. Science curriculum coordinators are leaders at the district level …

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Farm Bureau Develops 'Ag Mag' for Beef Production

John Davis

A new agricultural magazine will give students inside and outside the classroom an education in beef production. The Ag Mag, a newspaper-style reader developed by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and funded in part by the Beef Checkoff, features information about beef production, nutrition and related careers, and encourages discussions about the industry in the classroom and at …

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Farm Bureau Asks Congress to Repeal COOL

Jamie Johansen

The American Farm Bureau Federation announced support for efforts in Congress to repeal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), which forces food distributors to label beef, chicken and pork products as to their country of origin. The request comes on the heels of a World Trade Organization ruling that grants Canada and Mexico the right to retaliate against the United States …

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Farm Bureau Opposes Proposed New York Carriage Ban

John Davis

Farm Bureau is urging the mayor of New York City to reconsider his proposed ban on horse-drawn carriages. In this news release, the group points out how much pride horse caretakers take in protecting the health and safety of their animals. “This valued tradition allows people to connect with the horses and tour the city in a historic and unique …

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American Farm Bureau Files Brief in Egg Law Case

Jamie Johansen

A California law that regulates agricultural production in other states is unconstitutional for multiple reasons, and a lower court ruling that barred other states from bringing suit against California on behalf of their citizens should be reversed, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed March 11, 2015 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the …

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Feed Demand Remains High in FAPRI Outlook

John Davis

The bumper corn crop this year means lower prices for the grain, but feed demand will continue to be strong… while demand to turn grains into biofuels will stagnate. That’s the mixed bag of information attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show heard from Patrick Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy …

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Positive Outlook for Meat and Livestock

John Davis

More supply and strong demand are expected to keep the outlook in the livestock sector pretty positive. During a workshop on the subject at the recent American Farm Bureau Federation Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, Dr. Glynn Tonsor, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, talked about what the future would hold. “The meat-to-feed price …

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