Sunday, September 25, 2022

Avian Flu Still a Threat to U.S. Poultry

A report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange says the widespread outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza that hit U.S. poultry production has subsided. Case numbers...

Purdue Survey of Indiana Farmland Prices

Indiana’s farmland prices grew at a record pace between June 2021 and June 2022. The Purdue University Farmland Value and Cash Rents Survey shows...

NCBA Wants Limited Greenhouse Gas Rule

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association reiterated the need for a limited version of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s greenhouse gas disclosure rule. SEC Chair...

Indiana Farm Bureau’s ELECT and AgELECT

Indiana Farm Bureau’s political action committees, ELECT and AgELECT– the organization’s federal and state-level, nonpartisan political action committees – have endorsed 86 candidates for...

Farm Profits Near-Record High in 2022

USDA’s Economic Research Service forecasts inflation-adjusted U.S. net cash farm income to increase by $13.5 billion or 8.7 percent from 2021. Net cash farm...

More Funding for Meat and Poultry Supply Chains

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an additional $21.9 million for grant projects through the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant Program. The funding...

USDA Updates Crop Insurance Plans

USDA is improving two of its most comprehensive risk management safety net programs. USDA announced the improvements Wednesday for the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection, and...

USDA Releases Ag Export Projections

USDA released the quarterly Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade Tuesday. American Farm Bureau Federation Senior Economist Veronica Nigh says the outlook offers projections for...

China’s 70-Day Drought

China’s record heatwave is beginning to disappear, and farmers are assessing the damage caused by the lengthy dry spell. Reuters says the Chinese government...

USDA’s New Export Sales Reporting Crashes

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service launched a new Export Sales Reporting and Maintenance System. This is a system through which U.S. exporters are required by...

Purdue Crop Cost & Return Guide

Mid-summer is an excellent time to reassess your farm’s financial position. Upon updating your production costs for actual input usage and prices along with...

Farmland Values up More Than 12%

U.S. farmland prices increased 12.4 percent over the last year, according to new data from the Department of Agriculture. USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service...

Inflation Reduction Act, Includes Ag Funding

The Inflation Reduction Act passed by the Senate over the weekend includes some $40 billion of agricultural-focused funding. Passed along party lines, with Vice...

Farm Bureau’s Annual Drainage School

Registration is now open for Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual Drainage School, which promotes an understanding of the laws and regulations impacting drainage decisions in...

Atrazine – Commentary & Call to Action

~SEE Action Link at the end of this commentary~ After multiple attempts to ban Atrazine, years of testing and scrutiny from environmental groups…EPA “finalized” a...

U.S. Grains Council Elects Hoosier as New Chairman

The delegates of the U.S. Grains Council elected Josh Miller as Chairman of its Board of Directors during the Board of Delegates Meeting in...

Politics and the EPA

The top Republicans on the House and Senate Ag Committees call on the EPA to stop making crop protection tools political. Representative Glenn "GT"...

American Farmland Trust Farm Bill Priorities

American Farmland Trust released its 2023 Farm Bill advocacy platform this week. It’s a series of policy recommendations focused on supporting farmers and ranchers...

Next Generation Fuels Act Introduced

Legislation called the Next Generation Fuels Act was introduced this week in both the Senate and House of Representatives. It aims to leverage higher-octane...

Deal Signed to Export Grain from Ukraine

Officials from Russia and Ukraine signed a deal Friday to reopen grain exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports. Reuters says the deal should help...


  • Modernized Endangered Species Act Rules Reinstated September 22, 2022
    Modernized rules on the Endangered Species Act are officially reinstated after an appeals court decision. Chad Smith has more on the good news for farmers and ranchers.
  • Court Ruling Reinstates Modernized Endangered Species Rules September 22, 2022
    Modernized Endangered Species Act regulations will be reinstated after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that a district court improperly vacated 2019 revisions. The appeals court determined a district court erred by reversing the regulations without determining whether they were actually unlawful.
  • Farm Bureau Leader Selected to Advise CFTC September 22, 2022
    The American Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau members across the country will have a seat at the table advising the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) with the appointment of Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) President Mark McHargue to serve on the Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC).
  • My Yard Isn’t Organic and That’s OK September 22, 2022
    Across the nation, farmers and their employees attend regular training and certification sessions to learn about proper pesticide handling and application. Farmers are continually working to improve, learn and adopt new technology to grow healthy, safe crops while minimizing their environmental impact.
  • Deadline Nears for Dairy Industry Conference September 21, 2022
    Farmers, processors, exporters and many others involved in the dairy industry will gather in Kansas City Oct. 14-16 to discuss solutions to Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) shortfalls
  • Farm Bureau’s Seat at the Table September 21, 2022
    Farm Bureau has a long history of coming to the table with leaders and lawmakers, and I wanted to share these most recent examples of your Farm Bureau leaders advocating for agriculture on the national stage.
  • Register Now for Federal Milk Marketing Order Forum September 21, 2022
    A Federal Milk Marketing Order Forum will bring together the dairy industry next month. Micheal Clements shares more on the conference happening in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Ambassadors for Agriculture: How Agri-Tourism is Connecting Farmers to Suburban Communities September 19, 2022
    Connecticut farmers Terry and Jamie Jones chat with Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall about their agri-tourism efforts and how focusing on hospitality and experiences on the farm has resulted in a strong connection with their surrounding community.
  • FACA, AFBF Commend USDA Climate-Smart Pilot Projects September 15, 2022
    The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, welcome Wednesday’s announcement from USDA advancing climate-smart pilot projects. Micheal Clements shares more on the $2.8 billion investment.
  • Partnering to Empower Minorities in Agriculture September 15, 2022
    Dr. Marcus Bernard, associate professor of agriculture and community sciences at Kentucky State University and president of MANRRS, recently sat down with American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall to discuss the work MANRRS is doing to empower young people and minorities to pursue leadership roles and careers in agriculture.

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