News from American Farm Bureau

Department Stores, Anchors in a Different Sense…

Much of the political rhetoric around job losses for the last several months has focused on the impacts of trade. If you listened to any number of speeches, you would be convinced brilliant foreign economists are plotting to pick off every possible job in the nation. Some probably are, but there are other fundamental forces at work that are going to drive substantive restructuring of jobs not only in the manufacturing sector, but quickly moving over into retail services.

Registration Open for Feed & Grain LIVE 2017

The feed and grain industry will come together next month for an industry conference. Micheal Clements has more.

Meet the Farm Hands: Julie Anna Potts, American Farm Bureau Federation

“While many people are familiar with the American Farm Bureau Federation, they may not know about the work of Julie Anna Potts,” notes the teaser for an Agri-Pulse “Meet the Farm Hands” video profile. In the video, Potts talks with Agri-Pulse about her work as executive vice president at the nation’s largest farm organization and why she “instantly loved Washington, D.C.”

Revisiting NAFTA: Implications for U.S. Agricultural Markets

In recent months, a lot of attention has been given to the importance of trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada since the Trump Administration began talking about potentially renegotiating NAFTA. That attention is more than deserved, especially for U.S. agriculture. We intend to explore the agreement’s impact on U.S. agriculture in a series of articles providing a commodity-by-commodity analysis of the impact of NAFTA on trade flows. We will begin this NAFTA series by reviewing the trade in all agricultural commodities.

Farm Labor Shortage Affects More Than U.S.

A common worry among farmers in California, Florida, Texas, Michigan and elsewhere is that they won’t have enough migrant labor for their fruit and vegetable harvests. Some years they are downright desperate for help. Worse yet, the future of migrant labor is uncertain because immigration law needs reform.

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