Newsline – #IFarmImmigration Campaign in Spotlight This Month

 Immigration reform, particularly the agricultural labor component, is an important issue for the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF Public Policy Specialist Kristi Boswell shares one way the organization is ramping up efforts to educate congressional members about the importance of this issue. Seanica...

Newsline – Mixed bag in latest marketbasket survey

What are slightly higher food prices a sign of? American Farm Bureau economist John Anderson says the answer might lie with consumers. AFBF’s Johnna Miller has the story. Podcast: Play in new window |...

Impact of government shutdown on agriculture

The clock is ticking and it looks more and more likely that the federal government will shut down on Tuesday. American Farm Bureau budget specialist RJ Karney explains what that means for agricultural interests in this story from AFBF’s Johnna Miller. Podcast: Play in new window |...

Why peach lovers should support immigration reform

Fresh, juicy peaches. One of the most delicious things about summer. But South Carolina peach farmer Chalmers Carr explains that without the foreign workers he needs to pick, they’ll never make them to your grocery store. AFBF’s Johnna Miller has the story. Podcast: Play in new window |...

Health insurance tax backfires on small businesses and employees

Farmers and small business owners nationwide are speaking up against the Health Insurance Tax (HIT), which will be levied on health insurance companies’ net premiums as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Dean Norton, New York Farm Bureau President and AFBF board member, says the HIT...

Farm and environmental groups join forces for Farm Bill

The American Farm Bureau Federation has joined forces with conservation, environmental, crop insurance and other agricultural organizations to create a plan that would link conservation efforts to crop insurance. AFBF farm program specialist Mary Kay Thatcher explains why in this story from AFBF’s Johnna...

Senate to vote on important infrastructure improvements

Do you think we’d have the biggest economy in the world if we were still using Model Ts and biplanes to get around? Well, one area of our infrastructure is that old and American Farm Bureau transportation specialist Andrew Walmsley says it’s time for Congress to approve updates. AFBF’s Johnna Miller...

Rough start for 2013 planting season

No one ever said farming was easy, but Mother Nature is giving planting season a rough start. American Farm Bureau economist Bob Young explains how in this story from AFBF’s Johnna Miller. Podcast: Play in new window |...

Why the renewable fuels standard is a good thing

Question: would you rather be reliant on foreign countries for your fuel supply or our country’s own farmers and ranchers? The Renewable Fuels Standard helps the U.S. grow its own fuel and American Farm Bureau economist Matt Erickson says that’s something Congress needs to remember as it reviews the law....

Big opportunity for more trade with Japan

More trade could be a great lift to the economy and one trade pact is looking like it could offer a big boost to U.S. agricultural exports. American Farm Bureau trade specialist Dave Salmonsen tells more about the potential deal in this story from AFBF’s Johnna Miller. Podcast: Play in new window |...

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