American Farm Bureau policy provides options

American Farm Bureau policy decisions were driven at least to an extent by federal budget considerations, but policy passed by voting delegates this week in Nashville provides options for farmers and ranchers. Regarding farm policy, American Farm Bureau delegates favor producers being allowed a choice of program options if a catastrophic risk program can’t be… Read more »

Nelson pleased with language provided by Illinois Farm Bureau

Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson is pleased about the resolution from Illinois that was made part of American Farm Bureau policy this week in Nashville. “We’ve heard it from our producers,” said Nelson, “risk management is job one as we go into this farm bill.” Nelson explained to Brownfield Ag News that the language… Read more »

Spending has to be part of the conversation

Following the last-minute extension of the Farm Bill in December, Congress now has 9 months to craft a new Farm Bill.  American Farm Bureau Chief Economist Bob Young says before that can happen – Congress will first have to deal with the Debt Ceiling.  “We do have folks on the Hill being very vocal and… Read more »

Illinois Farm Bureau puts forth options amendment

The majority of American Farm Bureau delegates support the amendment put forth in their policy to keep options open for a five-year farm bill. That amendment was presented by the Illinois Farm Bureau at the AFBF annual meeting in Nashville. Mark Gebhards, the executive director of governmental affairs and commodities for the Illinois Farm Bureau,… Read more »

Stallman: Farm Bureau policies a reaffirmation

The significance of American Farm Bureau policy discussion this year is that there are few changes, and the organization’s leader is fine with that. Closing the group’s annual meeting, Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, told reporters that delegates decided to take a familiar approach to policy. “We basically reaffirmed support for… Read more »

Ohio Farm Bureau receives top honor

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) presented the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) with the Pinnacle Award, the top honor for a state organization, during the AFBF annual meeting in Nashville this week. Ohio Farm Bureau also received the President’s Award and the Award for Excellence. “This shows what members working together can accomplish,” said… Read more »

Not one – but three fiscal cliffs

While Congress may have just averted one fiscal cliff – there may be more on the horizon.  American Farm Bureau economist Matt Erickson says December was just the beginning.  “We do have some spending challenges ahead here in the coming months,” he says.  “So I see three fiscal cliff situations looming right now. Erickson defines… Read more »

Debating raw milk

The sale of raw milk has been a hot topic in several states recently.  On Tuesday, the raw milk debate made it to the AFBF delegate floor.  Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock says the fairly lengthy discussion centered around language within current American Farm Bureau policy.  “Some wanted to take out language within the… Read more »

Midday delegate session update

Policy discussions kicked off early this morning at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in Nashville.  Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock says discussions about Farm Policy and the farm bill went fairly quick.  He tells Brownfield the delegate body chose to keep flexibility within the organization’s policy.  Part of the reason, he says,… Read more »

Farm policy, water issues concern South Dakota Farm Bureau members

One of the top issues concerning South Dakota Farm Bureau members in Nashville is the farm bill, extended just before the year ended to be effective until the end of September. However, with the low level of the Mississippi River getting attention, there is also more focus on water releases from dams on the upper… Read more »