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.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Why We’re Saying ‘That’s Enough’ – #DitchTheRule

By Kacey Clay Have you ever been asked to do something and before you could think about it you said yes? My husband and I were in that position recently. A couple of months ago Missouri Farm Bureau contacted us with a “crazy idea” – creating a parody of the song “Let It Go” from the movie...

Cutting Regulations to Stimulate the Economy – #DitchTheRule

Billionaires don’t always say the smartest things, but one of them has a smart idea. At the Forbes Reinventing America Summit, billionaire real estate developer Sam Zell said, “If you want to see the economy go wild just cut all the regulations in half.” http://www.fb.org/assets/files/focus/06_04_14_foc

Greater Stability in Agriculture

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/04_30_14_Focus_Commentary.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

5 farmers to thank on Thanksgiving

Cyndie Sirekis is director of news services at the American Farm Bureau Federation.  The American Farm Bureau’s annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table is much-anticipated. This year the cost for the feast came in at $49.04, a 44-cent price decrease from...

A positive take on how agriculture affects climate change

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/11_13_13_Focus_Commentary.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

In agriculture, uncertainty is certain

Glen Cope is a fourth-generation cattle rancher from Missouri. In 2012, he served as chairman of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. http://fbmedia2.fb.org/voa/focus/2013/09_18_13_Focus_Commentary.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

Water—Let’s not take it for granted

It’s natural to take it for granted, but water is something no one—whether residing in a bustling city or a small rural community—can live without. Americans are the largest water users, per capita, in the world. In terms of groundwater, we use 79.6 billion gallons per day. That’s the equivalent of...

WRDA critical to improving water transportation

Stewart Truelsen is the author of “Forward Farm Bureau,”a book marking the 90th anniversary of the American Farm Bureau Federation. http://fbmedia2.fb.org/voa/focus/2013/08_28_13_Focus_Commentary.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Assessing the Future of Agriculture

“The farmer, if not absolutely rich, is at least independent,” according to one assessment of the state of American agriculture. Stewart Truelsen is the author of Forward Farm Bureau, a book marking the 90th anniversary of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Podcast: Play in new window |...

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