AFBF President: Turn the Page on Partisanship

A top farm organization leader says it is time to “turn the page” on partisan politics. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall made the comments during an opening press conference as part of the American Farm Bureau Federation Virtual Convention. Duvall’s remarks follow last week’s rally and attack on the U.S. capitol. Duvall said, “we have […]

Rural Broadband Will Be Focus Of AFBF Convention

The American Farm Bureau Federation virtual convention kicked off Sunday. And while the four day event will include many of the same features farmers and ranchers enjoy year after year, attendance is on-line, which presents a challenge for many in rural America. AFBF President Zippy Duvall said the virtual event reaffirms the need for expanding […]

COVID-19 Taking Heavy Toll on Farmers’ Mental Health

According to a new American Farm Bureau Federation poll, a majority of farmers and farm workers say the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health. The results found more than half of respondents say they are personally experiencing more mental health challenges than they were a year ago. The survey of rural adults and farmers […]

AFBF Virtual Convention Gets Underway This Weekend

The 2021 American Farm Bureau Federation Virtual Annual Convention kicks off this weekend, and some events start as early as Friday. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said the theme, Stronger Together, highlights the importance of uniting during tough times. “What it means is even in a difficult year, we find ways to unite and focus […]

Moore: Improvement To Ag Infrastructure Is Vital

The push to improve agriculture transportation infrastructure and access continues nationwide. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Dale Moore said these improvements are vital. He pointed to the aging locks on the Mississippi River system, for example. “Up to 60% of the commodities produced whether it’s grain or other commodities go down river on waterways type […]

Biden Nominates Tai to be New U.S. Trade Representative

Last week, President-elect Joe Biden nominated Katherine Tai to be the new U.S. Trade Representative. She’s served as the chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee since 2017. Tai previously served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as the counsel for China Trade Enforcement. Howard Roth, National Pork Producers Council […]

AFBF Asks Congress To Ensure PPP Loans Are Not Taxed

The American Farm Bureau Federation recently sent a letter to Congress asking them to ensure farmers won’t pay taxes on forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans. AFBF Senior Congressional Relations Director Pat Wolff said an IRS regulation means small businesses and farms would face a tax burden for using PPP funds. “Congress needs to act, or […]

AFBF: American Consumers Trust Farmers And Their Sustainable Practices

A recently released survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau suggests that a majority of Americans believe farmers and ranchers are feeding the world in a sustainable way. Sustainability is an important topic to many Americans in 2020. John Newton, chief economist for the Farm Bureau, says their recent survey found a majority of Americans […]

American Trust in Farmers Remains Strong

According to a new American Farm Bureau poll, a majority of adults in the U.S. view farmers’ sustainability practices positively, and an overwhelming majority of them trust farmers. The poll found that 58% of the respondents are positive about the sustainability practices of America’s farmers, and that agreement comes from a majority of adults across […]

AFBF: Everyone Must Work Together For Rural America

Dale Moore, Executive Vice President for the American Farm Bureau Federation said he’s not taking sides when it comes to the newly elected Congress. But he went on to say the AFBF will continue to fight policies that harm agriculture. He added it’s too early to get dragged into fights over energy, taxes, trade, and […]