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 Supports Effort To Increase CCC Borrowing Limit

Legislation recently introduced in the House of Representatives would expand Commodity Credit Corporation borrowing authority from $30 billion to $68 billion. American Farm Bureau Federation Congressional Relations Director Andrew Walmsley says this would be the first CCC funding increase since 1987. “The $68 billion would be what inflation adjusted numbers would be for the Commodity […]

Walmsley: Farm Country Better Prepared For A Second COVID Wave

According to the American Farm Bureau’s Andrew Walmsley, agriculture is better prepared for a second wave of the coronavirus. With COVID-19 numbers spiking in several states as well as European counties, health experts warning of a new COVID wave coming this fall. But Walmsley said for the American farmer, this won’t look anything like the […]

Walmsley: COVID-19 Relief May Happen After Election Day

It does not appear that Congress will take up a new coronavirus relief package before the November 3rd election, but a post-election deal with billions for agriculture and other sectors now appears much more likely. The Senate will vote this week on some $500 billion in relief, including more for Paycheck Protection for small businesses, […]

Pressure Mounts In D.C. To Get An Aid Bill Passed

The farm sector will keep a close eye on D.C. this week, as the Trump administration and Congressional Democrats continue to work on a pre-election coronavirus pandemic relief deal. Fresh off what many are calling a major legislative win to replenish $30 billion in the Commodity Credit Corporation for Farm Bill programs and virus relief, […]

AFBF Throws Support Behind Fischer’s HAULS Act

Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer said legislation she recently introduced would provide flexibility in hauling livestock and perishable commodities. Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau Federation Congressional Relations Director, recently said the HAULS Act would extend hours of service exemptions in agriculture to year-round. He added the legislation would provide three things to modernize trucking regulations and […]

AFBF: Moving Away From Fossil Fuels Not Good For Ag

Presidential candidate Joe Biden says he wants to move the nation’s vehicles away from fossil fuel to electricity. In addition, his party has called for U.S. agriculture to be the first in the world with net-zero emissions. However, American Farm Bureau said that’s not a reality. The AFBF’s Andrew Walmsley said energy-intensive agriculture, which is […]

Additional Aid For Ag Community Becoming Less Likely

More pandemic relief for farmers, ranchers and others in the Ag community is looking like a long shot before the November elections. And on top of that, some Farm Bill money could be in jeopardy. A possible deal between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House to replenish $30 billion in CCC funds in […]

AFBF Leaning On Congress To Address CCC

In a typical year, funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation is one of the least controversial items on Capitol Hill. However, as we’ve learned the hard way, 2020 is not your typical year. Andrew Walmsley, senior director of congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau, said CCC funding is in jeopardy unless Congress approves money […]

AFBF: HEALS Act Would Provide Much Needed Relief For Struggling Farm Economy

Earlier this week, the Senate rolled out the Health Economic Assistance Liability Protection and Schools Act, better known as the HEALS Act. The proposal includes an additional $20 billion in relief funds for agriculture. Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau Federation Congressional Relations Director, said the funding expands much-needed relief across agriculture. “There’s not a lot […]