(Infographic) The U.S. Farm Labor Shortage

The impact of the farm labor shortage on U.S. agriculture.

As of 2016, hired farm workers made up 35.3 percent of the total hours worked on a farming operation, second only to the principal operator. These workers perform essential daily tasks needed to keep a successful farm running, such as caring for livestock, working in the fields, and maintaining farm machinery. As the population of farm labor continues to decline, primary operators are feeling the pressure to find alternative solutions to keep up with production for the growing demand of fresh produce.

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2020 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show Recap

Learn what important topics were discussed during this year’s Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show.

The 27th Annual Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show took place in February in San Antonio, Texas. The convention was comprised of over 7,500 attendees and 350 exhibitors, and offered workshops and educational sessions, award ceremonies, and decision-making opportunities for the attendees. In this recap, we discuss the topics of interest, highlights of the convention, and the keynote speech from United States Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue.

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The Facts Behind Michelob ULTRA’s Pure Gold “6 for 6-pack” Super Bowl 2020 Commercial

Michelob ULTRA’s Pure Gold “6 for 6-pack” Program Aims to Bring Organic to the Forefront

Michelob ULTRA launched its new USDA-certified organic beer, Pure Gold, last week and promoted it in a 60-second advertisement during Super Bowl LIV this past Sunday. This program stemmed from the company’s 2019 initiative, “Contract for Change”, which are three to six-year contracts offering premiums for transitioning to organic barley.

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AFBF Recap: What Was Discussed at This Year’s Conference

Learn what hot topics in agriculture were discussed during this year’s American Farm Bureau Federation convention.

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) held their 101st annual convention and trade show in Austin, Texas on January 17-22, 2020. The conference included educational workshops on trending ag topics and cutting-edge innovation in agriculture, a tradeshow floor with prominent exhibitors, and the much anticipated keynote address from President Donald Trump.

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How Programs are Helping New Farmers Overcome Beginning Farm Challenges

Learn what resources are available to help start a farm.

Historically, multi-generational farm operations have largely represented U.S. agriculture—most operators continuing on the traditions of their parents and grandparents. Indeed, there are several new farmers who are entering into the industry without a family legacy or inherited land to get them started. These beginning farmers bring fresh passion and enthusiasm to their endeavors and are a valuable part of the ag community.

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Unpacking the 2018 Farm Bill

Legislation with a long history addresses modern farm issues.

The 2018 Farm Bill plays as much of an essential role today, as the first bill’s introduction 86 years ago during the Great Depression. On December 20, 2018, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, formally known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The majority (80 percent) of this $867 billion legislation funds the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as food stamps. The other 20 percent directly impacts farming.

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Three Generations of Texas Farmers

Three Generations of Texas Farmers and the Lessons Behind the Growth of their Family Farm

The Sandy Country series first introduced the touching story of Lanny and Rita Bezner and the journey they took to build their family-operated farm, 3B Farms. The video takes a glimpse into the 16,000-acre Texas operation that grows corn, wheat, alfalfa, watermelons, and grain sorghum, in addition to an expansive livestock operation that includes more than 8,500 head of cattle.

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