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Farm Bureau Approves Strategic Action Plan for 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., – Following the delegate session of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention, which wrapped up this week in San Diego, the organization’s board of directors set AFBF’s strategic action plan to address public policy issues for 2015.
 
The board-approved plan focuses the organization’s attention on: advancing legislation that addresses agriculture’s long- and short-term labor needs; protecting farmers’ abilities to use biotech plant varieties and other innovative technologies; opposing expansion of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act; and advancing legislation that reforms the Endangered Species Act.
 
“We will work to advance all the issue positions approved by our farmer and rancher delegates this week, but this plan represents those issue areas where we believe the American Farm Bureau Federation and its grassroots members have clear opportunities to achieve success at this time,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “These are high-stakes issues that we must advance to help safeguard our members and their abilities to operate their farms and ranches.”


State Farm Bureaus Recognized for Excellence

SAN DIEGO, – State Farm Bureaus were presented awards at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2015 Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show recognizing their stellar performance in membership achievement and implementation of outstanding programs serving Farm Bureau members in 2014.
 
The Pinnacle Award, the highest award a state can earn for program and membership achievement, was awarded to: Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Montana, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
 
The Awards for Excellence were awarded to state Farm Bureaus that demonstrated outstanding achievements in six program areas: Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications. The Awards for Excellence winners by state and category are:


Idaho Farm Bureau Observes 75th Anniversary

Boise –The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation celebrated 75 years as an organization during its annual convention in Boise, December 2-4.

The organization got its start back in September of 1939 in Murtaugh.

Delegates representing 41 of Idaho’s 44 counties discussed policy and set the organization’s course for 2014 debating a wide range of agriculture and natural resources matters.

Delegates to the 75th Annual Convention adopted new policy on fuel taxes to help improve Idaho’s roads and bridges, endangered species with regard to sage grouse, opposed establishment of new free-roaming herds of bison outside Yellowstone Park and adopted new policy language on the establishment of national monuments and wilderness areas.


UI Idaho Agriculture Outlook Seminars Scheduled

The University of Idaho Extension is offering Idaho Ag Market Outlook Seminars December 9 - 11th.

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19 ‘My American Farm’ Games Available on Tablets

WASHINGTON, D.C., – All 19 “My American Farm” games offered by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture can now be played online using any type of tablet, including all versions of Apple iPad.

Thanks to a generous technology enhancement grant by DuPont Pioneer, each game was updated to enable online game-play on all tablets. Users can now simply visit www.myamericanfarm.org through a PC/Mac or tablet and play all games with ease.

My American Farm is an educational game platform launched in 2011 to engage pre-K through fifth grade learners in agriculture. Today the free site offers 19 agriculturally themed games and more than 100 free educator resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets and comics.


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Farm Bureau on Latest Harvest Projections from USDA

WASHINGTON, D.C., – The Agriculture Department’s much-anticipated October report on agricultural supply and demand for the 2014-2015 marketing year delivered few surprises today, the American Farm Bureau Federation said.

With planting numbers rolled into the latest USDA report, projections are honing in on the final harvest numbers.

“We’re seeing corn and soybean yields round out to what we have anticipated for this year’s bumper crop,” AFBF Deputy Chief Economist John Anderson said. Corn yield expectations are up to 174.2 bushels per acre and soybeans are at 47.1 bushels per acre. Both numbers are slightly higher than last month’s estimate, but remain well within anticipated ranges. Estimates on harvested acres of corn, now at 83.1 million, are down several hundred thousand acres from last month. With harvest expectations totaling 14.475 billion bushels of corn, the industry is certain to see the record crop expected.

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USDA Expands Access to Credit to Help More Beginning and Family Farmers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required “farming experience” to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities to reflect changes in the way family farms are owned and operated. The changes become effective Nov. 7.

 “USDA is continuing its commitment to new and existing family farmers and ranchers by expanding access to credit,” said Harden. “These new flexibilities, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, will help more people who are considering farming and ranching, or who want to strengthen their existing family operation.”


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American Farm Bureau Federation Statement On SBA Call to Withdraw EPA Water Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., – The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman:


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