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Rep. Jason Smith Fires Up Family Business Estate Tax Coalition

Helping lawmakers, especially new members of Congress, get a good handle on the overall importance of farming and ranching is the first step to securing support for repealing the estate tax, Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) recently told several members of the Family Business Estate Tax Coalition. The American Farm Bureau Federation is a member of the coalition.

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Farm Bill Approved by Lawmakers

AEM has petitioned CalOSHA and communicated its desire to see changes made to California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3441(b). Title 8, Section 3441(b), directed toward all “self-propelled equipment,” mandates that an operator remains at an operator station when the equipment is in motion.

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Agreement aims to speed tractor repairs

As farm equipment becomes more high-tech and computerized, diagnosing and fixing even simple problems often requires farmers to rely on equipment dealers’ shops to do the work, resulting in longer downtimes and lost productivity.

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Landscaping Businesses Are Losing Money Because of U.S. Visa Policy

This year has been tough on Shayne Newman, the owner of the Connecticut-based landscaping company YardApes. For the past two decades, Newman’s business has come to rely on help that comes via the H-2B visa program, which allows employers to hire foreign workers for seasonal, nonagricultural employment. But this year, Newman was not able to…

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