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New Promotional Opportunity for Agritourism Venues

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is looking for orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more to showcase on a new app dedicated to connecting consumers with agritourism venues. The American Farm Trail app, created by the Foundation and sponsored by Corteva, allows farmers, ranchers and farm attraction managers to sign up for free to showcase their agritourism venues. Farms and attractions can create a profile promoting their business, history, available products and more.

Making the Most of the August Congressional Recess

Growing up on a small cattle and row crop operation in eastern Kansas, the turning of the calendar page to August meant many things: back-to-school shopping, the county fair, cooler morning air while doing chores and trying to get the last of the alfalfa hay baled. But for members of Congress and their staff, August means one thing: recess. . . The August recess presents an excellent opportunity for telling agriculture’s story, but farmers and ranchers may wonder, “How do I make the best use of time with my elected official?” I started my career working for an elected official and offer the tips below for making the most of the August recess.

American Farm Bureau Foundation Launches ‘Easy Button’ for Elementary Ag Education

New at-home learning resources are now available to parents and teachers clamoring for content. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture unveiled a new webpage featuring weekly lesson plans dedicated to helping students in kindergarten through fifth grade learn where their food comes from while helping parents and teachers keep children engaged. “We are thrilled to be launching this weekly series of virtual learning tools for parents, teachers and students,” AFBFA Executive Director

Celebrating America’s Farmers’ Market, and Farmers’ Markets Everywhere

Every Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents of Washington, D.C., can find something a little unexpected in the bustling metropolitan area of the National Mall: a farmers’ market. The market, which is organized and hosted by USDA, has been hosting farmers, ranchers, growers and producers from around the D.C. area since 1995. For the 2019 market season, which runs until Oct. 25, more than 30 vendors assemble on the sidewalk around the USDA headquarters to sell local honey, fresh seafood. . .

After the Storm: How the Farm Bureau Family Came Together in the Wake of Disaster

For three days in March, a perfect storm unfolded across the state of Nebraska. Heavy rains, abnormal for that time of year, pounded the frozen ground and immediately ran into already-full streams and rivers. Eventually, the state’s water containment system simply could no longer handle the deluge, and the Spencer Dam on the Niobrara River collapsed. Bridges and roadways were washed away, along with homes, farm buildings and fences. Sand from the streambeds of the state’s waterways was pushed. . .

From Tranquility Base to the Tractor Seat: How NASA Technology is Advancing Agriculture

While most Americans associate NASA with the famed “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” and missions like the Mars Curiosity Rover, the agency is much more than the projects that make headlines around the world. Today, NASA is doing more than ever to advance the human condition on Earth, particularly in the agriculture sector. In fact, the agency, which receives less than 0.5% of the federal budget, is working on several missions that have major potential to impact the way. . .

A Gen Z Message to the Next Crop

I was born in January 1997 and turned 22 this year. I will graduate from college just before I turn 23, entering into a moderately healthy job market. I was four years old when terrorists attacked our country on 9/11 and have almost no recollection of the immediate effects that event had on our country. But my entire childhood was spent living in a nation at war. All of this information about my life can be summed up in one phrase: I am one of nearly 61 million members of Generation Z.
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