December 5, 2011 WTO rejects COOL rules on meat The World Trade Organization says the U.S. is not in compliance with their trade rules. American Farm Bureau Farm Policy Specialist Kelli Ludlum explains what that will mean to U.S. policy to AFBF’s Johnna Miller reports.
December 1, 2011 Farm income and expenses likely to set records There’s at least one sector of the U.S. economy that’s faring pretty well. American Farm Bureau Economist Matt Erickson explains why agriculture is doing so well and what’s keeping it from faring even better. AFBF’s Johnna Miller reports.
November 17, 2011 New EPA regulations threaten family farms In just the last three years, the Environmental Protection Agency has set in motion a significant number of new regulations that will significantly change the face of agriculture. AFBF’s Johnna Miller reports.
November 14, 2011 Outlook for agriculture appropriations Funding for a variety of federal programs is on the congressional agenda this week. American Farm Bureau Appropriations Specialist R.J. Karney explains what this means to farmers and ranchers. AFBF’s Johnna Miller reports.
November 10, 2011 Thanksgiving Dinner will cost more this year Consumers will pay about 13 percent more at the grocery store for a turkey and all the trimmings to make a classic Thanksgiving Dinner this year, according to John Anderson, senior economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF’s Cyndie Sirekis reports.
November 7, 2011 Proposed rules would severely limit kids working on farms What’s the difference between a kid making extra money mowing lawns in the neighborhood and a farmer hiring a kid to use the farm’s mower to cut the grass? Well, one might be illegal if new Labor Department rules are finalized. American Farm Bureau Labor Specialist Paul Schlegel talked about proposed new labor rules with AFBF’s Johnna Miller.
November 3, 2011 EPA's Chesapeake Bay plan full of flaws Base a program on faulty data and what do you get? Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl Shaffer told Congress the results are very unlikely to achieve their goal. AFBF’s Johnna Miller reports.
October 27, 2011 Pumpkin are sparse across the Northeast Farmers across the Northeast are scrambling to provide ornamental pumpkins to consumers as the Halloween holiday approaches. New York Farm Bureau Manager of Governmental Relations Jeff Williams explains how Mother Nature has affected this year’s pumpkin crop. AFBF’s Miranda McDaniel reports.
October 24, 2011 Latest on dust regulations for agriculture Good news from the EPA can be made better with legislation from Congress. American Farm Bureau Regulatory Specialist Rick Krause explains how in this report from AFBF’s Johnna Miller.
October 20, 2011 Ag panels recommend big cuts The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction is supposed to find $1.2 trillion in budget cuts. AFBF Farm Policy Specialist Mary Kay Thatcher discusses how much of that will likely come from agriculture funding. AFBF’s Johnna Miller reports.
October 17, 2011 Misconceptions must be addressed early How many times has someone told you, “you can’t believe everything you read”? Of course the same holds true for what you see on television or the internet. American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Education Director Curtis Miller talks about why that’s important to remember when you’re dealing with kids. AFBF’s Johnna Miller reports
October 14, 2011 Congress finally approves FTAs The members of Congress managed to agree on something this week. AFBF President Bob Stallman talks about the long awaited passage of the South Korea, Colombia and Panama free trade agreements with AFBF’s Johnna Miller.
October 6, 2011 Big Time Progress for FTAs Pending Free Trade deals would bring an economic boost. AFBF Trade Specialist Chris Garza speculates on how much longer until Congress gives the thumbs up. AFBF’s Johnna Miller reports.
September 7, 2011 NYFB Response Following Tropical Storm Irene In the aftermath of the recent impact from Tropical Storm Irene, New York Farm Bureau is working with officials to be a resource for farmers in need, reports Laurie Jean Britton.
August 1, 2011 Regional Economic Development Councils Agricultural representatives are being included in Governor Cuomo’s newly established regional economic development councils reports, Laurie Jean Britton.
June 1, 2010 Buying Local/Roadway Safety A focus on buying local continues to benefit New York Farmers, reports Laurie Jean Britton. Precautions when sharing the road with farmers and slow moving vehicles.
May 17, 2010 Maple Hall of Fame Inductions Two new candidates were inducted into the Maple Hall of Fame for their contributions to the maple field, Laurie Jean Britton reports. Senators hope the public will accept a clean energy bill.
April 5, 2010 Milk Price Trends March milk prices are down from February for New York Farmers, reports Laurie Jean Britton. A new organization has been formed for women involved in New York agriculture.
March 29, 2010 Northeast Leadership Conference Attendees of a recent Farm Bureau leadership conference share their thoughts, reports Laurie Jean Britton.
A tree tapping ceremony in Verona in honor of Maple Weekend.
March 22, 2010 Maple Weekend Maple sugaring season is underway, reports Laurie Jean Britton.
Three senators are taking a shot at writing a new climate change legislation. What might this mean for U.S. agriculture? Johnna Miller has the story.
March 15, 2010 Task Force Meets County leaders from across the state are convening for their inaugural meeting as part of a new ag task force, reports Laurie Jean Britton.
Farmers are headed into classrooms this week to promote a better understanding of agriculture as part of New York's Ag Literacy week.
March 1, 2010 Wine in Grocery Stores An item on Governor Paterson's proposed budget could allow wine to be sold in grocery stores, Laurie Jean Britton reports. Central New York's Dairy Day is slated for Tuesday, March 9.
February 22, 2010 New York Farm Show The 25th annual New York Farm Show gets underway this week in Syracuse, Laurie Jean Britton reports. The American Dairy Assoication and Dairy Council has named a new state Dairy Princess.
February 15, 2010 New Farm Labor Rules New farm labor rules solve no problems, but may cause new ones reports Laurie Jean Britton.
New rules from the Department of Labor will hinder hiring foreign farm workers through the H2A program. Johnna Miller has the story. A recent Video project aims to show farming in a positive light through a seven minute documentary and a series of public serivce announcements.
February 8, 2010 Spring Crop Insurance Spring crop insurance deadlines will soon be approaching, reports I’m Laurie Jean Britton.
New government guidelines could rev up production of renewable fuels in the United States. Johnna Miller has the story.
February 1, 2010 Ag Budget Cuts The state budget cals for big slashes to agriculture programs, Laurie Jean Britton reports.
In Washington, American Farm Bureau Public Policy Director Mark Maslyn was glad to hear President Obama mention the need for immigration reform during his first State of the Union address.
January 25, 2010 Farm Labor Update The Senate moves the farm labor bill to the agriculture committee, reports Laurie Jean Britton.
300 FFA students from across New York will be converging on Syracuse this weekend for leadership conferences.
January 18, 2010 More Farm Labor The farm labor bill is still the hot button issue in Albany, Laurie Jean Britton reports.
Direct marketers are gearing up for the Empire Fruit and Vegetable Conference.
January 11, 2010 Farmers Rally at The Capitol Farmers rallied last week to protest the pending labor legislation that could cost farmers 200 million dollars a year.
Johnna Miller reports that the USDA and IRS have teamed up to streamline information on farm programs.
January 4, 2010 What's in Store for Ag in 2010 In a new year and new decade, there will be a new agenda for agriculture in Washington Johnna Millers reports.
Lauire Jean Britton previews the big annual maple producers get together.
December 28, 2009 Emergency Dairy Payments On The Way Senators Schumer and Gillibrand announced that the emergency dairy payments are in the mail.
Johnna Miller reports, in Washington, uncertainty over the estate tax has farmers worried.
December 21, 2009 Senate Leaders Meet on the Farm Labor Bill State Senate leaders, Farm Bureau lobbyists and union activists met on the Farm Labor Bill last week.
Laurie Jean Britton reports that holiday shoppers are urged to buy New York State farm products for last minute gifts.