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Animal Care


The American Farm Bureau Federation acts to educate Congress on animal rights groups, their strategies and their goal of ending animal production for food.

AFBF is also a source of information about the potentially devastating economic impact of attempts to restrict animal production, and the facts and economic contributions of animal agriculture to the U.S. economy and quality of life of consumers. Learn More »

D.C. Days 2008

DC Days logoD.C. Days 2008 will be held February 27 - 29, 2008.  Participants should plan to arrive in Washington, D.C., on or before Tuesday, February 26th. 

Each spring, Washington Farm Bureau members travel to Washington, D.C., to personally meet with federal policymakers.

Participants receive briefings from American Farm Bureau Federation staff, congressional and administration officials, as well as foreign dignitaries. Learn More »

Expand Domestic Energy Supplies


Before the Energy Policy Act of 2005 became law, no major revision had been made to America’s energy policy in nearly 15 years. Outdated U.S. energy policies have led to an ever-increasing dependence on foreign sources to meet our country’s energy needs, subjecting consumers to energy price volatility. While the comprehensive energy bill enacted in 2005 is a good first step, more must be done by Congress to encourage new technologies and policies for renewable energy sources as well as further exploration of domestic energy supplies. Learn More »

Self-emploment taxes on Conservation Reserve Program payments


USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments should not be subject to self-employment taxes.


Most farmers and ranchers are self-employed and pay self-employment taxes (SE) on earned income at the rate of 15.3 percent for Social Security and Medicare. Because the SE tax is a tax on earned income, it does not ordinarily apply to rental earnings since rent represents a return on an investment and is not earned income. Learn More »



Since the Canadian discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in May 2003, increased attention has been focused on cattle testing and trade issues related to the disease. The United States and most other countries immediately banned Canadian imports of live cattle and beef. In August 2003, a thorough investigation of the BSE case by USDA was completed. As a result of its findings, the U.S. allowed boneless beef products to be imported again from Canada. Learn More »

Animal Identification


Following the first discovery of BSE in an imported cow in the U.S., increased attention has been focused on monitoring and maintaining animal health, including the development of an animal identification program. USDA is currently implementing a voluntary National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Learn More »

Comparison of House and Senate energy tax titles


The House-passed New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 3221), contains a $16 billion energy tax title.

The Senate failed to include a Finance Committee recommended $32 billion tax package in its comprehensive energy bill, H.R. 6, the Clean Energy Act of 2007. Learn More »

Climate Change

Press Releases 2005

2005 News Releases

November 23, 2005

Grant County farmer wins Farm Bureau Achievement Award Learn More »

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