Third AFBF Survey Reveals Stark Reality of Western Drought

Persistent drought continues to hammer farmers and ranchers in Western, Central and Southern Plains states, with far-reaching implications for not only farmers’ and ranchers’ bottom lines, but also food availability and affordability. The third edition of AFBF’s Assessing Western Drought Conditions survey illustrates many ground-level drought impacts, including expected reduction in yields, removing or destroying orchard trees or multi-year crops, and selling off portions of herds and flocks.

Third AFBF Survey Reveals Stark Reality of Western Drought

Persistent drought continues to hammer farmers and ranchers in Western, Central and Southern Plains states, with far-reaching implications for not only farmers’ and ranchers’ bottom lines, but also food availability and affordability. The third edition of AFBF’s Assessing Western Drought Conditions survey illustrates many ground-level drought impacts, including expected reduction in yields, removing or destroying orchard trees or multi-year crops, and selling off portions of herds and flocks.

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.

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

Farmfest Forums to Focus on Key Ag Issues

IDEAg Minnesota Farmfest, slated for Aug. 6-8 at Gilfillan Estate in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, will feature a multitude of forums on key ag policy issues including trade, the farm economy and pandemic livestock diseases. “We are pleased to highlight the most prominent issues facing rural America at this year’s Farmfest, issues that affect our community on and off the farm,” said Kent Thiesse, forum coordinator for Farmfest.

Fun for the Whole Family at 2019 Dakotafest

IDEAg Dakotafest takes place in Mitchell, South Dakota, Aug. 20-22, celebrating its 24th year with a robust program of activities offering opportunities for entertainment, education and networking for farmers and families alike. Dakotafest will feature two keynote speakers who will define trends in the agricultural sector, recommend strategies for marketing production, and share insights on how farmers and agribusinesses can manage risk through research and information analysis.

Farm Bureau Honors Communications Boot Camp Graduates

The American Farm Bureau Federation recognized 15 farm and ranch women leaders as graduates of the organization’s Women’s Communications Boot Camp summer session. The intensive four-day course completed by the agricultural leaders comprised hands-on sessions related to public speaking, working with the media and messaging. “Women’s Communications Boot Camp is the experience of a lifetime,” said Isabella Chism, an Indiana row crop farmer and vice chair of the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee.