News & Events

Precision Agriculture Taking Root With Drones, AgBio Technology

Published Nov. 24, 2014

Emerging technologies that give farmers ways to make precise, targeted responses to crop stresses are expected to figure prominently in the efforts to make farming more productive and efficient.

For a job with a future, look to agriculture

Published Nov. 24, 2014

According to a report released in October at the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue, there’s a great need now for young agricultural professionals.
The report includes a detailed analysis of enrollment and workforce trends in six agriculture fields:

Farmers Urge Congress to Legalize Agriculture Workers

Published Nov. 24, 2014

More than half of all field workers are undocumented, according to the U.S. Labor Department, and many farmer groups estimate the share to be higher than 70%

USDA Begins Producer Signup For Farm Law Crop Coverage

Published Nov. 24, 2014

While most producers are expected to wait until much closer to the March 31 deadline, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that sign up for the 2014 farm law's crop coverage safety net program has begun

AFBF pushing to restore tax provisions

Published Nov. 21, 2014

Agriculture is overwhelmingly united in its support of Section 179 and bonus depreciation, which provide flexible means for farm and ranch businesses to write off and deduct business expenses. Letters of support have been sent by groups from around the country, including the Broad Tax Extender Coalition. The coalition’s letter has been signed by more than 500 organizations.

Shipping delays pile on more harvesting woes

Published Nov. 21, 2014

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports the number of railcars hauling grain is up from last year by 15 percent, but some grain elevators say otherwise. Some have speculated the oil and gas industry is to blame for some of the backlog, which has increased by 13 percent since 2013.

Farm groups want new immigration laws, not an executive order

Published Nov. 21, 2014

the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation's biggest farmer organization, said it does not expect the president's plan to help U.S. farmers deal with the labor shortage. “Our nation loses millions of dollars in fruit and vegetable production every year because farmers cannot find labor to harvest everything they grow,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “This order will not change that.

Farm Interests Ready for Immigration Bill

Published Nov. 21, 2014

President Obama's executive actions on immigration may alleviate some pressure in the short-term for some agricultural workers, but long-term assurance is needed for employers, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives CEO Chuck Conner said Thursday.

Will Ohio have CAUV changes by 2016?

Published Nov. 20, 2014

While he stopped short of a full endorsement, Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa this week said the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s recommendations to modernize the state’s Current Agricultural Use Value, or CAUV, property tax formula have a good deal of merit.

CAUV saves farmers billions

Published Nov. 20, 2014

Recently, events in the agricultural sector have caused the formula to result in a spike.