Ag Activism

Bridging the gap

Consumers have genuine concerns about modern meat production,  but the right message, backed by sound practices, can restore their trust. FULL STORY »

“Share How You Care” video contest

The Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) hope a new "Share How You Care" video contest will spur local farmers to break out of their shell, strut their stuff on YouTube and shine the spotlight on the many ways farmers care for the environment and world around them. Cash prizes will be offered for the top videos. FULL STORY »

Pew launches “Moms for Antibiotic Awareness” campaign

The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming has launched "Moms for Antibiotic Awareness," a grassroots movement of moms working to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics for their children and families. The campaign also released the results of an online poll of 804 American mothers who are registered voters and have children aged 16 or younger. Eighty percent of the respondents were concerned about giving antibiotics to animals that are being produced for meat and poultry, with 42 percent saying they are "very concerned" about this practice. FULL STORY »

Connect with your community now to prepare for disasters later

Emergency managers and first responders have a saying, “All disasters are local.” Each tornado, flood or other emergency directly impacts only a local area. The recent earthquake/tsunami in Japan has global implications, but the real disaster is centered on each effected community. Everyone lives, works and plays within a community that may one day be impacted by a disaster. The response to that event will require more than the efforts of local police, fire and emergency medical services to overcome the impact. It will require a network of individuals involved in neighborhood, civic, business and church organizations working together to respond and rebuild the community. FULL STORY »

I Make America launches "Picture A Better America" photo contest

National participants to show Congress the urgent need to invest in America's crumbling infrastructure FULL STORY »

Dairy farmers respond to latest abuse video

The animal-rights group Mercy for Animals released graphic footage this week of employees at the E6 Cattle Company in Hart, Texas, bludgeoning sick and injured calves. Dairy farmers across the country are speaking out. And regardless of where the person is located the theme has been outrage, anger and disappointment towards those committing the abuse. FULL STORY »

Be Ready Blog

Case IH announces its new Be Ready Blog,, is now online to help farmers stay ahead of the key opportunities and challenges facing the ever-evolving agriculture industry. FULL STORY »

Let’s Play: Ag Online Game

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture introduces its new and enhanced version of “,” a free online interactive gaming platform, that focuses on third- through fifth-grade students. The new version offers more agriculture-related games and activities for kids coupled with additional educator resources. FULL STORY »

Lessons from the hen house

Strategies for changing those perceptions generated some interesting discussions at last week’s National Institute for Animal Agriculture conference, particularly during a presentation from Clint Hickman. FULL STORY »

Building bridges

Factual information about food production, safety and nutrition, delivered to the right audiences, can shift public perceptions. FULL STORY »

Putting the polish on the public’s perception of farming

Does the public think that farmers are protecting the environment, taking good care of their animals and producing food that is safe and wholesome for their families? Who is the general public? Is it your neighbor, the family in Los Angeles, or is it the person reporting the news? These are tough questions to answer, but worth your time to try. FULL STORY »

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