AFBF: Agriculture Must Be Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccine

The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the Biden administration to prioritize agriculture for the COVID-19 vaccine. In a letter sent to the administration Wednesday, AFBF President Zippy Duvall called for the elimination of barriers to vaccine access for America’s farmers and farm workers. Duvall said, “This prioritization would ensure that planting, harvesting, processing, and […]

Farm Dog Of The Year Contest Underway

It’s the fourth year in a row that the Farm Bureau is giving members a chance to show off their farm dogs. The American Farm Bureau’s Terri Moore said the signup process to enter your farm dog into Farm Bureau’s Farm Dog of the Year contest is a simple one. “It’s a questionnaire, and then […]

Farm Groups Welcome Death Tax Repeal Legislation

Legislation introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate would eliminate the estate tax. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act temporarily doubles the estate tax exemption to $11 million per person indexed for inflation through 2025. However, without congressional action, the estate tax exemption will revert to $5.5 million per person in 2026, putting […]

American Rescue Plan Expected to Clear House

The much-anticipated $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan is expected to recieve a narrow final approval in the House Wednesday, after the Senate OKed a revised version, last weekend. The bill contains billions more for Ag and food programs. Combined food and Ag provisions in the bill total nearly $23 billion, including more than $10 billion […]

AFBF Cattle Market Transparency Act Will Bring Needed Reform

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the recently introduced Cattle Market Transparency Act would bring much needed changes to cattle markets. AFBF Congressional Relations Director Scott Bennett said the events of 2020 highlighted the need for reform. “After an extremely volatile 2020 in the cattle market, producers became exceedingly frustrated. This bill helps ease […]

Farm Bureau Disappointed in Blueberry Ruling

The U.S. International Trade Commission recently said fresh, chilled, or frozen blueberries are not being imported into the U.S. at a fast enough rate to cause injury to domestic producers. “As a result of the recent vote, the investigation will end, and the Commission won’t recommend a remedy to the President,” the USITC said. The […]

Economist Says Livestock Producers Need Insurance

American livestock producers need the equivalent of crop insurance. American Farm Bureau Chief Economist John Newton recently made that statement in front of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Meeting. Newton said that in the 2023 Farm Bill, we will need “careful consideration as to how we are reaching the livestock sector with crop insurance-like […]

AFBF: Farming Continues To Perform When It Comes To Carbon Sequestration

Data released by the EPA and analyzed by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows carbon sequestration efforts resulted in carbon removed from the atmosphere. “During 2018, carbon sequestration efforts resulted in an increase in CO2 stocks, that means that’s carbon removed from the atmosphere of more than 760 million metric tons,” said Farm Bureau Chief […]

AFBF, Vilsack Share Many Of The Same Priorities

Just a head of this week’s confirmation hearing, American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall spoke with Ag Secretary designate Tom Vilsack about a variety of issues. Some of the top priorities included the freezing of the COVID-19 relief package for farmers. “He said the review of the COVID relief would not take long at all. […]

New Leader Of AFBF Women’s Leadership Committee A Familiar Face

The new chair of the American Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership committee is a familiar name to the organization. Isabella Chism, who has served as the vice-chair of the committee was recently elected to serve as the chair for the next two years. Chism succeeds Sherry Saylor of Arizona. “It’s a responsibility and challenge that I […]