News & Events

Drought Drys Up Calif. Farm Jobs

Published Apr. 14, 2015

But the drought forced California farmers to fallow 500,000 acres of land in 2014. And the number could double in 2015, experts say.


Published Apr. 14, 2015

Americans for Limited Government Foundation (ALG) is releasing a study explaining how government regulations and tax pressures on the U.S. agriculture industry reduce America’s international competitiveness.

Longest-serving Ohio 4-H volunteer’s experience inspires others

Published Apr. 14, 2015

75 years later, 4-H remains part and parcel of Wagner’s life, as she recently celebrated 69 years as a 4-H volunteer.

Air emissions can be solid waste; RCRA lawsuit a warning for ag

Published Apr. 14, 2015

U.S. District Court in Ohio has determined air pollutants can float through the air and land on the ground and become solid waste. The court said "…the release into the air of a substance in 'particle form' via a stack, which is then deposited onto the ground in particle form, and enters the groundwater, constitutes disposal of solid waste."

Farm groups urge Senate to follow House and repeal estate tax

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Agricultural groups said the estate tax is harmful to producers who have much of their assets tied up in land and equipment, and don't have significant cash available to pay a tax following an individual's death. They warn that some producers must sell some or all of their operation to pay the tax

Vilsack says pleased with Farm Bill sign-up, results likely in May

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Grain farmers have had to choose between two options, a price-average formula called Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or a fixed-price formula, Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Farmers have to commit for the full five years of the farm bill.

About Corn Planting 'Go-time' for the Midwest

Published Apr. 17, 2015

The optimal planting window for corn is just starting to open, according to recent reports, and though some farmers are not worrying about that window just yet, there's reason to believe it could be a stretch for farmers at least in a large swatch of the Corn Belt to hit that window just right, Mowers says.


Published Apr. 17, 2015

The backlash against California almond growers’ high water consumption during a period of drought is reaching a crescendo, leading two industry trade groups to boost their messaging. They point out that almonds are far from the thirstiest crop on the farm.

USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be 'devastating'

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Authorities have confirmed H5N2 outbreaks at nearly 40 commercial poultry farms in the Midwest, including 26 in Minnesota. All were turkey operations except for one chicken farm in Wisconsin. On Thursday, officials said four more Minnesota farms and two more in Wisconsin had been struck.

Gaps between the farm and city life

Published Apr. 20, 2015

This is one of the reasons Farm Bureau has expanded membership to include the non-farmer population. In an effort to address both farm and consumer interests and for the benefit of both, the bureau is taking a proactive step toward educating others about the business of farming and agriculture and is providing a forum for clarity and understanding among the groups.