AFBF Out With 2021 Policy Objectives

Setting Farm Bureau’s focus for 2021, Key topics ranged from farm diversity to farm labor and dairy policy to livestock marketing. Sam Kieffer, AFBF Vice President of Public Affairs, said Farm Bureau delegates voted to increase racial diversity in agriculture. “Recognizing the importance of broadening access to agriculture, our delegates voted to increase racial diversity […]

Wolff Expects Taxes To Be Big Issue In DC In Coming Years

One of the first questions about a new administration in Washington, D.C., is what changes can the farm community expect when it comes to tax policy? Pat Wolff, Senior Director of Congressional Relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation, said there she expects to see “big tax legislation” fairly soon, maybe in the first six […]

AFBF: Farm Economy Shows Signs Of Improvement

2021 is starting off with some bright spots for farm country, which has led to some early year optimism for the Ag economy. American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist John Newton said trade with China is certainly a highlight. “Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that preliminary exports to China during November […]

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 […]

Moore: We Need To Get To Know New Members Of Congress

Getting to know the new faces in Congress will be one of the chief priorities for the American Farm Bureau in the New Year. Executive Vice President Dale Moore says they’ll also need to get to know the new people in Ag leadership positions. “We’ve been working with our state Farm Bureaus to put together […]

Wolff: COVID Relief Bill Will Benefit Farmers In Several Ways

The American Farm Bureau Federation said the recently signed Coronavirus aid package includes important benefits for farmers nationwide, specifically changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. Pat Wolff, senior director of congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau, said PPP was designed by Congress to help small businesses stay open and keep their employees on the […]

IFBF Throws Support For Consumers To Purchase Meat From Ranchers

During the 81st annual meeting in early December, the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation voiced support for several proposals looking to make it easier consumers to purchase meat directly from ranchers across the state. Lori Anne Lau President of Caribou County Farm Bureau, said one proposal that received traction encourages the state to develop a meat […]

AFBF: Dean Foods Trying To Shakedown American Dairy Farmers

The American Farm Bureau Federation said hundreds of dairy farmers across the U.S. were targeted by lawyers representing Dean Foods in its bankruptcy proceedings. “Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Dean Foods Estate sent out hundreds of letters to dairy producers across the country, demanding that they repay three months’ worth of milk payments they would have […]