7/26/12 (Thu)

Nitrate levels a concern in drought areas

Some North Dakota producers may be faced with having to use their corn, sunflower, wheat, barley, oat or other crops for hay, grazing or silage because of this year's drought conditions.

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7/25/12 (Wed)

Report demonstrates the harm estate taxes cause...

The American Farm Bureau Federation said it concurs with a Joint Economic Committee report that details the financial harm posed by estate taxes on family businesses. The JEC, a bipartisan committee composed of members from the House and Senate, issued its report, “Costs and Consequences of the Federal Estate Tax,” earlier today.

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7/24/12 (Tue)

Farm groups urge House to pass H.R. 4157

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 24, 2012—The American Farm Bureau Federation and a number of other farm groups today urged the House to vote yes for farm kids and farm families across America by supporting H.R. 4157, the Preserving America’s Family Farms Act. The House will debate and vote on the legislation later today.

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7/24/12 (Tue)

Drought actions will help farmers and ranchers

The American Farm Bureau Federation today expressed appreciation for a series of emergency actions announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to provide much-needed assistance to America’s farm and ranch families suffering from the drought gripping much of the nation.

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7/23/12 (Mon)

ERS assesses drought impact

At least 62 percent of U.S. farms are in areas experiencing drought, and almost 40 percent of agricultural land is experiencing drought that is rated severe or greater, according to USDA’s Economic Research Service.

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7/19/12 (Thu)

2012 AFBF drought statement

Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, regarding 2012 drought: “The most widespread drought in a generation has imposed great stress on people, crops and livestock...

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7/18/12 (Wed)

Why do they do that?

Why do farmers castrate calves? Why do they use artificial insemination? Learn the answers to those questions and more...

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7/16/12 (Mon)

Chevy Confidence for NDFB members

Now through September 4! On July 10th, Chevrolet announced a new summertime incentive program called Chevy Confidence. As an NDFB member, learn how you can save with this program...

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7/13/12 (Fri)

AFBF says FDA's livestock antibiotic proposals based on theory

Citing a lack of data to support limiting antibiotic use in livestock, the American Farm Bureau Federation has told the Federal Drug Administration that it is concerned with proposals that would restrict antibiotic use based on theory.

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7/12/12 (Thu)

AFBF applauds House Ag Committee Farm Bill

The farm bill approved today by the House Agriculture Committee, in a 35-11 vote, is a fiscally responsible, bipartisan measure that continues to provide a basic-but-broad foundation of risk management protection for America’s farmers and ranchers, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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7/11/12 (Wed)

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly to keynote AFBF annual meeting

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly will deliver the keynote address at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2013 Annual Meeting, Jan. 13-16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.

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7/10/12 (Tue)

AFBF weighs in on House Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, 2012—The American Farm Bureau Federation on Monday sent a letter to Agriculture Committee members commending them for moving forward with its draft 2012 Farm Bill. According to AFBF President Bob Stallman, Farm Bureau places high priority on several elements in the House version, but there is room for improvement.

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7/09/12 (Mon)

Estate taxes an issue again

The Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 set the estate tax exemption at $5 million per person and the top rate at 35 percent for 2011 and 2012. But without congressional action, in 2013, the estate tax exemption will shrink to $1 million...

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7/06/12 (Fri)

House Ag releases farm bill draft

The House Agriculture Committee on Thursday released a draft of the farm bill to be considered by the committee next week.

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7/05/12 (Thu)

Europeans face skyrocketing egg prices

Europeans are coping with a new reality when it comes to purchasing eggs — prices are 67 percent higher than one year ago. Production has dropped 15 percent since a government mandate banning conventional cage house systems for hens went into effect in January.

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