Application Period Opens for 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, has opened online applications for the 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. The national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies that are providing solutions to challenges faced by America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Farm Bureau will award $165,000 in startup funds provided by sponsors […]

AFBF Opposes Elimination of Stepped-Up Basis and New Capital Gains Taxes at Death

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says the organization objects to a proposal by several lawmakers to tax unrealized capital gains at death and roll back the stepped-up basis on those capital gains. Duvall said, “Taxing capital gains when a loved one passes away would have a devastating impact on farm and ranch families.” […]

AFBF Concerned How Administration Will Pay For Infrastructure Proposal

President Biden’s economic team has adjusted higher the administration’s tax and spending figures for the infrastructure plan the President is expected to unveil Wednesday. According to the Washington Post, the original plan called for $3 trillion in new spending and $1 trillion in new tax hikes. But fear such a big gap would spike interest […]

Report Highlights Need for Increased Ag Research Spending

A New Report says stagnant public funding for agricultural research is threatening the future vitality of U.S. food systems. That poses risks to farmer productivity and profitability, the steady supply of affordable food, and ultimately, global food security. The report is a joint effort from the Farm Journal Foundation and the American Farm Bureau Federation. […]

USDA Rolls Out Pandemic Assistance

The USDA has announced their multi-billion-dollar Pandemic Assistance for Producers, which aims to fill in gaps from CFAP. The new effort puts at least $6 billion into new programs to reach a broader set of producers than earlier efforts, including small and minority, specialty crop and organic producers. American Farm Bureau’s Andrew Walmsley said another […]

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 […]

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 […]

Duvall Testifies To How Much Ag Is Doing For The Environment

During last week’s hearing on climate change and the agriculture sector, Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall spoke about how farmers and ranchers are already making an impact, as agriculture accounts for just 10% of greenhouse gasses emitted in the United States. All while agricultural productivity grows. “Over the last two generations, we’ve been able to […]