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 […]

Florida Dog Named AFBF Farm Dog Of The Year

On Sunday, the American Farm Bureau Federation and Nestle Purina PetCare announced a Florida Border Collie as this year’s Farm Dog of the Year. Owner Cindy Deak said “Fit” is a big help on their operation. “She’s a working farm dog and she teaches other dogs how to herd. She probably works about 30 hours […]

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. […]

Dairy Issue With Canada Farm From Done, Salmonsen Says

This week’s trade ruling against Canada’s restrictive dairy import system in favor of the U.S. is not the end of the process. That ruling gives Canada until February 3rd to comply and still leaves unfinished U.S. efforts with Mexico. The U.S. dairy industry is urging Canada to comply swiftly with a USMCA dispute panel ruling […]

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 […]

New WOTUS Slated for February Unveil

According to Politico, the White House and the EPA target February for the administration’s WOTUS debut. The Waters of the United States Rule continues its seesaw reputation since first announced during the Obama administration. The Trump administration overhauled the rule, and now, the Biden administration is doing the same. The EPA moved last month to […]