AFBF Asking Administration To Do More On The Trade Front

The U.S. must get more aggressive on trade deals, that according to the American Farm Bureau Federation after the UK and India launched talks on a free trade agreement. AFBF Senior Director of Congressional Relations Dave Salmonsen said the Biden Administration should see the UK-India announcement as a signal to engage on American deals. “When […]

Pandemic Supply Chain Top Areas Of Concern To Start 2022

While it may not have been a “normal year”, 2021 was good for farmers, according to American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist Roger Cryan. And Cryan said 2022 is continuing with the “not normal” theme, as issues from the past two years pour into the New Year. “The pandemic is not over. So, people are […]

AFBF Lays Out Priorities For 2022

During last week’s American Farm Burau Federation Convention, farmer and rancher delegates adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in the year ahead. “What’s most noteworthy is the amount of time they spent discussing livestock markets and our folks are calling for greater transparency, working for more sunlight into how cattle are marketed,” said the […]

Farm Bureau Campaigning Against WOTUS Changes

Last year, the American Farm Bureau successfully campaigned against changes to the stepped-up basis provision in estate tax law. Now, Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall asked members to put that same energy level into the Biden administration’s proposed changes to the Trump Waters of the United States rule. The administration wants to go back to […]

Biden, Vilsack Reassure Farm Bureau Members

President Biden and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack are trying to reassure American Farm Bureau members that the administration has their back. During a short video at this week’s annual meeting in Atlanta, President Biden assured the mostly Republican-leaning members that America needs farmers “three times a day.” Biden also pointed out that farmers deserve affordable […]

AFBF: Now Is The Time For The Administration To Focus On Trade

The American Farm Bureau says now is the time for the White House to “engage” on trade, after a year that saw little progress on new trade deals. From China to the U.K. and EU to Kenya, Farm Bureau Trade Adviser Dave Salmonsen said there is much to do, to bring down barriers to U.S. […]

Reduced Stigma Regarding Farmer Mental Health

A new poll suggests farmers and people in rural America are more comfortable discussing stress and mental health challenges. The stigma around seeking help or treatment for mental health issues is decreasing, but according to the new Farm Bureau research poll, it’s still a factor. “Farm Bureau has been encouraging conversations to help reduce the […]

AFBF: Renewable Energy Will Be A Top Ag Issue In 2022

Renewable energy will once again be a top farm issue this year, as Congress and the Administration grapple with climate and sustainability needs. “We’re going to also focus on renewable energy; US biofuels play an important role.” The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Sam Kieffer on key issues AFBF will tackle in 2022, as policymakers continue […]

Administration Announces Meat Supply Chain Action Plan

President Joe Biden and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with farmers and ranchers at the White House Monday to announce a meat supply chain action plan. The plan includes four core strategies for creating what the Administration calls a more competitive, fair, resilient meat and poultry sector, with better earnings for producers and more choices […]

What Are The Farm Bureau’s Priorities For 2022?

The 2023 Farm bill, taxes, regulations, and supply chain issues top American Farm Bureau’s list of 2022 priorities. While the Farm Bill may get most of the attention as the New Year starts, the AFBF’s Sam Kieffer said Farm Bureau has other priorities as well. “Making sure the tax code remains favorable and workable for […]