Answering Tough Ag Questions

Through social media, America’s farmers and ranchers explain why they do certain things when raising animals for food. This communication is not just one way. Facebook posts from the farm, tweets from the tractor seat and blogs from the “back 40” allow members of the non-farming public to ask questions...

Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act Sets National Standards for Biotech Labeling

By Robert Giblin Robert Giblin writes, speaks and consults about agricultural and food industry issues, policies and trends. http://www.fb.org/assets/files/focus/Focus_audio-4_1_15_edit.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Focus on Ag – The Rising Role of Women in Agriculture

By Jessica Wharton In a global movement that transcends agriculture, women are more frequently becoming leaders, experts and role models in their fields. In agriculture specifically, that could mean pursuing ag-related higher education, accepting positions as farm operators, or engaging in both leadership...

Agriculture’s Resolve in 2015

The New Year is upon us, and with it comes a new Congress. The challenges we face, on the other hand, are rather old. It’s time to resolve longstanding policy battles so the business of agriculture can grow in 2015 and beyond. The world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. Feeding them...

A Plentiful, Affordable Feast

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving dinner table revealed the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.04. The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in...

What’s behind China’s interest in African agriculture?

By Stewart Truelsen China’s giant e-commerce company, Alibaba, was valued at $231 billion the day of its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. Founder Jack Ma proclaimed that he wants Alibaba to be bigger than Wal-Mart. It is already bigger than Amazon and eBay combined. It’s not hard...

Food Ingredient Fears Target Wheat

Stewart Truelsen, a food and agriculture freelance writer, is a regular contributor to the Focus on Agriculture series. http://www.fb.org/assets/files/focus/2014_07_22_Focus_edit.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Will Public Research Keep up with Demands on Agriculture?: Robert Giblin

Opportunities, challenges and visibility for how agriculture will meet future needs for food, fiber and energy are greater than ever, yet public funding for ag research may not be keeping up. The abundance, efficiencies of production, safety and quality of food in the U.S. are direct results of agricultural...

Feeding Peace: John Schlageck

John Schlageck is a senior writer/editor at Kansas Farm Bureau. The 60th anniversary of Food for Peace is being celebrated in July 2014. http://www.fb.org/assets/files/focus/07_08_14_focus_commentary.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Celebrating the U.S. of Agriculture

How will you mark this Fourth of July? Family barbecue, apple pie, fireworks? Melissa George Kessler is a writer, editor and organization development consultant working in agriculture.   http://www.fb.org/assets/files/focus/07_01_14_focus_commentary.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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