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Idaho Farm Bureau Expands Social Media Reach

Boise—The Idaho Farm Bureau added two new social media properties while re-launching their smartphone application this spring.

“Research has shown that people want their news media delivered on their time,” said Public Relations Director John Thompson. “People want to listen on their schedule, and they want content delivered to their smart phone.”

Earlier this month Idaho Farm Bureau built a new podcast site for their growing radio audience. The Farm Bureau’s Buzzsprout site went live late in March and features statewide agriculture news, feature stories and the latest news from Washington.

H.R. 4432, The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

“As the nation’s largest general farm organization, the American Farm Bureau represents farmers and ranchers who use every type of agricultural production system to provide the safest food possible both here in the U.S. and abroad.  Our farmers and ranchers are encouraged by the bipartisan leadership of Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) for introducing H.R. 4432, The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. This measure will make it clear that the Food and Drug Administration should be the nation’s foremost authority on the use and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. 

American Farm Bureau’s Stallman Calls for Tax Changes

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014–Farmers and ranchers need tax certainty to thrive in a modern economy, and making permanent deductions that expired in 2013 is a good first step, the American Farm Bureau Federation told the House Ways and Means Committee today.

American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding EPA’s Proposed ‘Waters’ Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., – “Last week, the American Farm Bureau Federation carefully reviewed EPA’s March 25 release of the ‘waters of the U.S.’ proposed rule. The results of our review are dismaying.

New Report Shows Labor Challenges Lead to Loss in GDP, Farm Income as U.S. Farmers Lose Market Share of Imports

WASHINGTON, D.C., – The Partnership for a New American Economy and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform today released a new report showing how American families are eating more imported fresh produce today than ever before, in substantial part because U.S. fresh produce growers lack enough labor to expand their production and compete with foreign importers.

Young Farmers Remain Concerned About Land Availability

WASHINGTON, D.C., – Securing adequate land to grow crops and raise livestock was the top challenge identified again this year in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual outlook survey of participants in the Young Farmers & Ranchers program. That challenge was identified by 22 percent of respondents, followed by economic challenges, particularly profitability, which was identified by 15 percent of the respondents.

Farm Bureau Kicks Off ‘Our Food Link’ Program

WASHINGTON, D.C., – Farmer and rancher members of Farm Bureau from around the country officially kicked off the organization’s new “Our Food Link” program in conjunction with a conference for state leaders of Women’s Leadership and Promotion & Education programs.

“Our Food Link is a year-round program that county and state Farm Bureaus use to provide consumers of all ages and backgrounds with information about today’s agriculture,” explained Terry Gilbert, a Kentucky farmer and chair of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. The AFBWLC spearheads the program with participation open to all Farm Bureau members.

630+ Ag and Business Groups Call for Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C., The American Farm Bureau Federation, as part of a multi-industry coalition of 636 business organizations—154 of them agriculture-related—today urged Congress to move forward with immigration reform this year.
In a letter sent to House Republican leadership, the coalition noted that all of the signatories are “united in the belief that we can and must do better for our economy and country by modernizing our immigration system.” Further, “Done properly, reform will deter illegal immigration, protect and complement our U.S. workforce, better respond to changing economic and demographic needs, and generate greater productivity and economic activity, while respecting family unity.”

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