• Poeschl Resigns as CEO of National FFA Organization


    The National FFA Board of Directors and National FFA Board of Trustees announced the resignation of Mark Poeschl as CEO of the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation, effective Jan. 15. Poeschl said, “It’s been my distinct honor to serve in this role since August 2016. I know I haven’t always made everyone happy; […]
  • Farming Today for Tomorrow


    “Farming Today for Tomorrow”- that’s the name of the new multimedia campaign from the National Pork Producers Council to showcase U.S. pork producers’ long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and further reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Duane Stateler is a hog farmer from McComb, Ohio featured in the campaign who says, “They’re not making any more ground, […]
  • RFA Responds to EPA’s Last-Minute Actions on RFS, E15


    With just four days remaining in the Trump administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Friday announced four actions related to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and E15. First, in next Tuesday’s Federal Register, EPA will announce it is seeking public comments on requests from refiners and oil state governors to provide a general waiver from 2019 […]
  • USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through CFAP


    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program. Producers who are now eligible and those […]
  • USDA, USTR Announce New Agricultural Trade Advisors


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    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced the appointment of 67 members to serve on seven agricultural trade advisory committees. The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee is comprised of senior representatives from across the U.S. agricultural community who provide advice to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of […]
  • IN FFA President Serves as Master of Ceremonies for Indiana Inauguration


    Indiana FFA President Julia Hamblen had an interesting and unique opportunity earlier this week. On Monday, the Shelbyville native was asked to serve as the master of ceremonies for the Indiana Inauguration, the swearing in ceremony for Governor Eric Holcomb, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, and Attorney General Todd Rokita. “I got a phone call from […]
  • Farm Bureau Establishes 2021 Policies


    Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 102nd Annual Convention have adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in 2021. Key topics ranged from farm diversity to farm labor and dairy policy to livestock marketing. For the first time in AFBF history, delegates met and voted virtually due to COVID-19. “Our Farm […]
  • Senators Call on EPA to Protect the Integrity of the RFS


    More lawmakers are pressing the Trump administration to avoid making any decisions on small refinery exemptions until after the Supreme Court rules in pending litigation. Thursday, a group of Midwest Senators penned a letter to the administration. The letter states, “Alarming new reports indicate that your Environmental Protection Agency may issue numerous pending small refinery […]
  • KC Fed: Fewer New Loans to Farmers


    Fewer new loans to farmers continued to drive a pullback in agricultural lending activity. The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank reported this week that stronger prices for agricultural commodities, alongside continued support from government payments, may have reduced financing needs for some farmers and contributed to the slower pace of lending. A historically low number […]
  • Vaccine Hesitancy in Rural America


    A recent study finds rural residents are hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Kaiser Family Foundation COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor tracks the dynamic nature of public opinion as vaccine development unfolds. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues. The monitor shows three in ten people in rural areas say they will […]