Duvall: Securing the Border Not A Prerequisite for Labor Reform

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duval says the demand from the national organization and state farm bureaus’ that the Biden Administration secure the southern border is not a precondition for backing migrant farm labor reform, despite others say it should be. Duval said the Farm Bureau wants the border secured for the safety of farmers […]

Court Ruling Keeps Navigable Waters, For Now

A federal court in South Carolina recently dismissed a challenge to the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which was crafted to replace the Obama era WOTUS rule. The American Farm Bureau Federation said that court decision gives producers some regulatory certainty, until the Biden EPA finalizes their new rule, a process that could take months. Until […]

AFBF: A Majority Of Western Farmers Struggling During Drought

The American Farm Bureau Federation recently surveyed producers in the 13 western states to find how the drought is impacting day-to-day operations. “Over 85% rated selling off portions of their herd or flock as prevalent or higher, 87% of respondents say there’s an increase in feed costs associated with drought, 77% of them reduced their […]

Duvall Tours Dams, Promotes Idaho Ag

Late last month, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall toured several farms in western Idaho, as well as the Snake River dams. Idaho Farm Bureau Federation President Bryan Searle said having Duvall in the Northwest to put a national spotlight on the issue of the Snake River dams was welcomed. Searle said they took […]

Walmsley: Growing Climate Solution Act Remarkable Legislation

A bipartisan climate bill supported by several food and agriculture groups is making its way through Congress. Andrew Walmsley, director of congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau, called the Growing Climate Solutions Act a remarkable bill. “When you look at it from a bipartisan standpoint, we have over 50 members of the Senate, that’s […]

Scott Wants To Know Who Is Responsible For JBS Attack

The FBI is investigating, and the Chair of the House Agriculture Committee wants to know if Russia was behind the recent ransomware attack on JBS USA. Chairman David Scott said the “cowardly hacking” of critical U.S. “food, energy, and financial systems must be stopped,” and Russia must be held “accountable” if it’s somehow involved. While […]

Cyberattacks A Focus Of Ag Industry Following JBS Attack

This week’s ransomware attack on JBS, the world’s largest meat supplier, has refocused agriculture’s attention on cybersecurity and again raised key economic issues for the Ag and food industries. USDA has contacted several major meat processors, the FBI is investigating, and President Biden has launched a “rapid strategic review.” American Farm Bureau Economist Veronica Nigh […]

AFBF: China Is Closing The Phase One Trade Gap

Data shows China is closing the gap towards reaching the goal of purchases in the Phase One trade agreement. American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Veronica Nigh said according to numbers released in April of this year, exports bound for China are around $10 billion, which is roughly 25% of the 2021 goal of $40 billion. […]

AFBF: Drought Highlights The Importance Of Improving Water Infrastructure

The ongoing drought here in the west highlights the need for water infrastructure improvements to endure future dry spells, that according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF Congressional Relations Director Shelby Hagenauer said drought is a problem for both agriculture and consumers. “For ranchers, annual grass growth is important for livestock forage, and that’s […]