Trump Signs Executive Order to Review WOTUS

Lizzy Schultz

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to formally reconsider the controversial Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule under the Clean Water Act. “(This) is one of the rules most strongly opposed by farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers all across our land…it’s been a disaster,” said President Trump during the White …

AFBF, audio, Water

USDA Ag Outlook Forum

Lizzy Schultz

The USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum was held this week in Arlington, Virginia. The distinguished speaker at this year’s event was former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who was recently nominated as ambassador to China. Branstad took time during his speech to praise incoming Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and share his thoughts on the future of agriculture and economic development in …

AFBF, audio, politics, USDA

AFBF 98th Annual Meeting

Cindy Zimmerman

The 98th Annual Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation and IDEAg Trade Show, held January 6-11, in Phoenix, Arizona. Thousands of farmers and ranchers from around the country attend the convention which offers outstanding speakers and general sessions, the chance to recognize leaders in agriculture, programs for young farmers and ranchers, and much more. All content posted here is …

AFBF, audio

I AM @USFRA – @FarmBureau VP Scott VanderWal

Joanna Schroeder

South Dakota crop and livestock farmer Scott VanderWal was elected Vice President of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) earlier this year and in that role now serves on the board of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). VanderWal is featured in this week’s episode of I AM USFRA. VanderWal is pleased with how USFRA has brought so many …

AFBF, audio, USFRA

Vilsack and Duvall Discuss Benefits of TPP

Joanna Schroeder

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall got together to discuss the benefit of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for agriculture as AFBF released an economic analysis of the pending trade agreement. “Until today, we didn’t have a specific documented review or study of that benefit,” said Vilsack, said in thanking Farm Bureau for doing the …

AFBF, audio, exports, trade

A Zippy 500th ZimmCast

Joanna Schroeder

We wanted our 500th ZimmCast to be something special so we felt it appropriate to spotlight the new president of the American Farm Bureau Federation who has a name that is sure to be unforgettable – Zippy Duvall of Georgia. Duvall, who served as president of Georgia Farm Bureau for nine years, was elected as AFBF’s 12th president at the …

AFBF, agribusiness, audio, ZimmCast

Agrible Appointed to Data Privacy and Security Board

Melissa Sandfort

Agrible, Inc. is pleased to announce its appointment to the interim board of a coalition to address the importance of big data privacy, security, and transparency for growers. This coalition of leading farm and commodity associations, growers and companies – startups and large corporations alike – will work to promote privacy and security principles for farm data. According to an …

AFBF, AgNewsWire Announcement, agribusiness, Data Management

#AFBF16 in Orlando

Joanna Schroeder

The 97th annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation was held January 10-12 in Orlando, Florida. The event kicked off with the Opening General Session where outgoing President Bob Stallman addressed thousands of farmers and ranchers from around the country and encouraged them to stand up and be counted. Check out the 2016 AFBF Convention photos. Listen to Bob …

AFBF, agribusiness, audio

AFBF Releases WOTUS Analysis

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) today released its analysis of the EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule and concerns the organizations has about its impact on farmers and ranchers. The Farm Bureau analysis, now available online, is headlined “No, No, No! No Clarity, No Certainty, No Limits on Agency Power.” Among the main concerns Farm Bureau …

AFBF, Ag Group, audio, government

Ag Interests Urge TPA Passage

Cindy Zimmerman

Senate Republicans and agriculture industry leaders held a press conference in Washington today to discuss the ways new trade deals could benefit the agriculture community and urge passage of the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. Senators speaking on behalf of TPA included Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (R-SD), Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) …

AFBF, audio, government, trade