AFT Throws Support Behind The Ag Resilience Act

The American Farmland Trust is throwing their support behind the Agriculture Resilience Act introduced by Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. AFT Policy Director Tim Fink said the legislation meets all three goals of the organization’s mission but does so in a voluntary form. “For one thing it actually increases investment in a federal program that focuses on […]

Buttigieg: Now Is The Time To Update America’s Infrastructure System

Infrastructure is vital to the American Ag industry for a variety of reasons. President Joe Biden has proposed spending more than $2 trillion to revitalize America’s transportation infrastructure, water systems as well as expand broadband access in rural America. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said it’s time to get the infrastructure system updated. “There is […]

Ag Groups Urge Administration to Appeal Chlorpyrifos Court Decision

A coalition of agriculture groups urge the Biden administration to appeal a circuit court decision related to chlorpyrifos. The court ruling requires the EPA to either write a new rule to allow for the safe use of chlorpyrifos or halt all food residue tolerances of the insecticide, which would effectively ban its use. The Ag […]

Biden Administration Announces America the Beautiful Proposal

Last week, the Biden administration announced its so-called 30×30 plan, renamed the America the Beautiful proposal. The plan seeks to collaboratively work to conserve and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife that support and sustain the nation. The recommendation report outlines a locally-led and voluntary nationwide conservation goal to conserve 30% of U.S. lands and […]

White House Announces New Vaccine Goals, Funding for Rural Communities

The White House this week announced a new national vaccine administration goal of 70% of all Americans by July 4th, and President Biden is also taking additional steps to get vaccines to rural communities. The administration is sending new vaccine allocations to rural communities, along with granting $100 million in funding to rural health clinics. […]

USDA Invests $92.2 Million in Grants for Local, Regional Food Producers

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced $92.2 million in competitive grant funding under the 2018 Farm Bill’s Local Agriculture Market Program. The program grants are funded through the Farmers Market program as part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative. USDA launched the initiative in March to address shortfalls and disparities in how assistance was […]

Vilsack: U.S. Needs To Work With Others To Address Climate Change

Under the Biden Administration, climate change, has become a major issue, not just for the U.S. or other economic super powers, bur really with most nations across the globe. “I can tell you that I’ve called a lot more Ag administrators and commissioners around the world in the first 60 days I’ve been on this […]

Wolff: More Questions Than Answers When It Comes To President’s Tax Proposal

President Biden’s proposed tax increases to pay for his infrastructure and social programs has many in farm country concerned, just as the President is winning buy-in for his climate change proposals. Farm groups like Biden’s ideas on rewarding farmers for climate-smart conservation practice but proposed new capital gains taxes could undermine that support. American Farm […]

NCBA Stands Ready to Fight for Sound Tax Policy

In his American Families Plan, President Biden targets several provisions of the tax code to raise approximately $1.5 trillion in revenue over the next ten years. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said those provisions must not burden the nation’s farmers and ranchers. Biden’s plan would repeal the deferral of gain for real estate, like-kind exchanges […]

President Biden’s Tax Proposal Concerning For AFBF

A trio of new tax hikes for farmers and ranchers, that’s how the American Farm Bureau’s tax adviser describes President Joe Biden proposal to pay for infrastructure and social packages. During last week’s joint session of Congress, the President said: “We’re going to get rid of the loopholes that allow Americans to make more than […]