Duvall: Securing the Border Not A Prerequisite for Labor Reform

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duval says the demand from the national organization and state farm bureaus’ that the Biden Administration secure the southern border is not a precondition for backing migrant farm labor reform, despite others say it should be. Duval said the Farm Bureau wants the border secured for the safety of farmers […]

Ag Innovation Challenge Deadline Approaching

Farm businesses interested in apply for the American Farm Bureau Federations’ 2022 Ag Innovation Challenge, your deadline is August 20th. “The Ag innovation Challenge provides entrepreneurs across the nation the exposure at a national level for our convention in January, the ability to network with agribusinesses, the rural business investment community within the USDA,” said […]

AFBF: 4th Of July Cook Out Costs Down Slightly

Americans planning on celebrating the 4th of July holiday with a cookout will enjoy lower prices this year, compared to last. Veronica Nigh with the American Farm Bureau Federation said the average cost of a summer cookout for 10 people remains fairly affordable at $59.50. “Which is down about 16 cents from last year, and […]

Walmsley: Growing Climate Solution Act Remarkable Legislation

A bipartisan climate bill supported by several food and agriculture groups is making its way through Congress. Andrew Walmsley, director of congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau, called the Growing Climate Solutions Act a remarkable bill. “When you look at it from a bipartisan standpoint, we have over 50 members of the Senate, that’s […]

AFBF: China Is Closing The Phase One Trade Gap

Data shows China is closing the gap towards reaching the goal of purchases in the Phase One trade agreement. American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Veronica Nigh said according to numbers released in April of this year, exports bound for China are around $10 billion, which is roughly 25% of the 2021 goal of $40 billion. […]

AFBF: Drought Highlights The Importance Of Improving Water Infrastructure

The ongoing drought here in the west highlights the need for water infrastructure improvements to endure future dry spells, that according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF Congressional Relations Director Shelby Hagenauer said drought is a problem for both agriculture and consumers. “For ranchers, annual grass growth is important for livestock forage, and that’s […]

Biden Administration Announces America the Beautiful Proposal

Last week, the Biden administration announced its so-called 30×30 plan, renamed the America the Beautiful proposal. The plan seeks to collaboratively work to conserve and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife that support and sustain the nation. The recommendation report outlines a locally-led and voluntary nationwide conservation goal to conserve 30% of U.S. lands and […]

Farm Bureau Launches Farm State of Mind Resource

The American Farm Bureau Federation just launched a comprehensive online directory of resources for farmers, ranchers and their families who are experiencing stress and mental health challenges. In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, the directory provides users with stress and mental health resources in every state. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said, “It […]

Wolff: More Questions Than Answers When It Comes To President’s Tax Proposal

President Biden’s proposed tax increases to pay for his infrastructure and social programs has many in farm country concerned, just as the President is winning buy-in for his climate change proposals. Farm groups like Biden’s ideas on rewarding farmers for climate-smart conservation practice but proposed new capital gains taxes could undermine that support. American Farm […]