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Farm Bureau says USDA needs solar recommendations for farmland

A policy specialist with the American Farm Bureau Federation says the organization wants USDA to outline solar development best practices for ag lands. Arica Hamilton tells Brownfield, “One part of a AFBF policy is to try and push solar developments to brownfield or conservation... Read More.

Illinois Farm Bureau strategic planning continues

Last year the Illinois Farm Bureau began a process of self-examination aimed at better meeting the needs of the state’s agriculture industry.  Mark Gebhards, chief strategy officer, says reaching younger farmers was one thing that led to development of the Organizational Member Strategy (OMS)… “Bad... Read More.

Indiana Farm Bureau continues work on water quantity issues

The president of Indiana Farm Bureau says there are concerns a proposed high-tech corridor in Boone County could create water quantity issues for the state’s farmers. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation has proposed a pipeline project that would send up to 100 million gallons... Read More.

Ohio Farm Bureau brings policy concerns to D.C.

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members shared a wide range of policy issues impacting agriculture in recent meetings with members of Congress. Advocacy chairman Matt Aultman tells Brownfield farmers are concerned about profitability this year with operating costs remaining high and incomes projected lower. “Year over... Read More.

Farm Bureau members seek answers to farm bill questions

The president of Missouri Farm Bureau says there are several unanswered questions about the next farm bill. “When are we going to get a farm bill?” Garrett Hawkins says that’s the big question Farm Bureau members want an answer on as they meet with... Read More.

Farm Bureau Ag Safety and Awareness Week

American Farm Bureau is promoting its Ag Safety Awareness Program this week. Minnesota Farm Bureau promotion and education chair Steve Schoenfeld says fire safety is a timely theme with conditions being dry and windy in many areas. “Just yesterday there was a wildfire burning northeast... Read More.

Illinois Farm Bureau expanding urban agriculture offerings

The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) is encouraging expansion of urban agriculture throughout the state. Reghala Scavuzzo, associate director of food system development, says they’ve partnered with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for a three-year, 1.2-million-dollar project… “What we’re going to be doing is looking at... Read More.

Ohio Farm Bureau members engage with legislators in Columbus

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Director of State Policy says their annual Ag Day at the Capitol serves as a reminder lawmakers are listening to farmers. Evan Callicoat tells Brownfield members took part in a leadership panel with key lawmakers in Columbus this week. “Property tax has... Read More.