Tag: American Farm Bureau Federation

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American Farm Bureau supports national GMO pre-emption bill

The American Farm Bureau Federation is supporting a Senate bill that establishes federal pre-emption of state laws that mandate labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients.


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Three Virginia young farmers receive national honors

For the first time ever, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation had finalists in all three Young Farmers & Ranchers competitions at the annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention.


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Farming’s future is bright, but challenges lie ahead

It’s a great time to be a part of agriculture, according to American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Barry Bushue, and U.S. farmers have access to numerous new technology and trade opportunities.


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Farm Bureau joins opposition to EPA ‘clean water blueprint’

The American Farm Bureau Federation has joined a coalition of agricultural and other groups asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that allows the Environmental Protection Agency to micromanage land use under the guise of implementing the federal Clean Water Act.


Online resource guide provides ag information for educators, advocates

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released a new Food & Ag Resource Guide at agfoundation.org/ag-resource-guide that features recommended agriculture-related resources by age group.


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Maps show massive increase in EPA authority, regulatory uncertainty

A series of maps released Aug. 12 by the American Farm Bureau Federation indicate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will radically expand its jurisdiction over land use if its controversial “Waters of the United States” rule takes effect as expected Aug. 28.


Armed with science-based facts, farmers set to stand up for biotechnology

The American Farm Bureau Federation is encouraging farmers across the country to speak out in favor of biotechnology through a just-launched advocacy campaign.


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Virginia farmers to help shape national Farm Bureau policies

Virginia representatives will join more than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation in helping shape policies important to farmers and ranchers Jan. 11-14 at the 2015 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.


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Pulaski aquaponics venture is finalist for recognition

Pulaski Grow, an aquaponics business established in Pulaski County to provide youth job training opportunities, is among four finalists for the first-ever Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.


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Farmers: Tax extenders help now, permanent solution needed

The U.S. Senate is expected to move forward with legislation that cleared the House of Representatives last week for retroactive tax extenders.


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Middle-size farms ‘going away,’ 2012 census figures show

The 2012 Census of Agriculture points to a “hollowing out” of the middle of American agriculture, according to Dr. Bob Young, American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist and deputy executive director for public policy.


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Farm Bureau sees no help for farmers in immigration initiative

The American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation’s largest farm organization, has voiced displeasure with President Obama’s immigration reform initiative.


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U.S. pork production set to surpass beef for first time since 1950s

U.S. pork producers are poised to ramp up production in the coming year, while beef cattle producers have been paring down their herds.


Survey: Virginians’ Thanksgiving meal cost decreases for 2014

Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for less than $5 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.


Farm Bureau encouraging comment on EPA Waters proposal

The American Farm Bureau Federation is encouraging its members to participate in the public commend period for the proposed EPA “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


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Grocery bill increases 2 percent as beef and pork prices rise

National food prices rose about 2 percent from a year ago, according to a quarterly survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation.


Waters coalition, SBA call for EPA ‘Waters’ rule withdrawal

A group of 63 business and agriculture organizations told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Sept. 29 that its recent statements about its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule violate basic open-government requirements.


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Farm Bureau encourages dialogue with farmers regarding antibiotics

The American Farm Bureau Federation emphasized U.S. farmers’ and ranchers’ commitment to national health and responsible livestock production practices.


Facing likely defeat, EPA abandons farm case in West Virginia

The U.S. EPA decision not to appeal a key federal ruling in favor of West Virginia farmer Lois Alt highlights the cynicism that drives the agency’s water agenda.


American Farm Bureau offering farm bill resources online

The American Farm Bureau Federation has produced a series of videos and launched a website at goo.gl/ujjnny to help farmers, landowners and other stakeholders better understand the provisions of the 2014 farm bill.


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House bills address farm concerns with EPA ‘waters’ proposal

Two bills that have bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives address serious concerns voiced by the American Farm Bureau Federation about the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


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American Farm Bureau: Federal estate taxes ripe for repeal

With 218 co-sponsors—more than half of the U.S. House of Representatives—on board, legislation to repeal federal estate taxes is ripe for floor action, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.


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Virginia business leaders call for immigration reform

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Partnership for a New American Economy, American Farm Bureau Federation, Business Roundtable, AmericanHort, Western Growers, and the National Association of Manufacturers today urged Congress and the administration to work together to enact immigration reform during a Day of Action with events in Washington, DC and in more than 60 congressional districts across 25 states.


Summer picnics still a bargain at less than $6 per person

A typical summer picnic will cost slightly more this year than last, but it’s still a bargain at less than $6 per person, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.


Congressional leaders: EPA making ‘unjustified power grab’

Three Virginia members of the U.S. House of Representatives led 39 members of Congress in filing an amicus brief supporting the American Farm Bureau Federation’s lawsuit against the EPA.


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EPA extends comment period on proposed waters rule

The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have extended the public comment period for a proposed rule that defines the waters of the United States that fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.


GMO Answers tackles Top 10 consumer questions

GMO Answers, an initiative committed to creating conversations about GMOs and food production, conducted a national survey earlier this year and has been answering a question a week online at gmoanswers.com.


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Farm Bureau: Proposed EPA water regulations won’t exempt farmers

Proposed modifications from the RPA to the Clean Water Act definitely will expand the federal government’s regulation of agriculture land uses, according to Donald Parrish, senior director of regulatory relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation.


Eric Cantor to farmers: Passing newest farm bill ‘was pretty rough’

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-7th, told members of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation board that an “unholy marriage between food stamps and farm policy” complicated Congress’ ability to pass the 2014 Farm Bill sooner than it did.


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Farm Bureau: EPA’s proposed rule doesn’t hold water

The American Farm Bureau Federation warns that a proposed expansion of the Clean Water Act by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could require farmers to follow federal regulations for those “waterways.”


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Survey: Americans paying more for bacon, eggs, toast

Higher retail prices for several food items used to prepare breakfast, including bacon, eggs and bread, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey.


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American Farm Bureau supports bill related to GMO labeling

The American Farm Bureau Federation voiced support on April 9 for legislation in Congress that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority on the use and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.


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Farm Bureau calls Mark Herring brief in EPA case ‘surprising’

Leaders of the state’s largest farmers’ advocacy organization were startled April 10 when Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring filed an amicus brief in support of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan being challenged in federal court.


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Critical 2014 farm bill passes House, farmers pleased

Farmers across the country are applauding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2642, the five-year Agricultural Act of 2014. The farm bill, which the House approved 251-166, now heads to the Senate, which is expected to vote on it next week.


Five bucks for Thanksgiving: Survey

Five bucks on a crappy extra-value meal at McDonald’s, or five bucks for a Thanksgiving feast. Your choice. That’s the word from the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, which put together an informal price survey of the cost for Virginia families to eat a Thanksgiving meal, and came to $5 a person as the answer.