Karney: Producers Need To Take Advantage Of Extra Time To Apply for PPP

When approved by Congress, the Paycheck Protection Program was designed to help struggling small businesses keep employees on their payrolls as they recover from coronavirus pandemic. R.J. Karney, Director of Congressional Relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation said this program is incredibly important for farmers nationwide. “Even as the economy gradually begins to reopen, […]

Farmers, AFBF Looking For Changes To PPP

Congress is considering changes in the next round of the Paycheck Protection Program, and the American Farm Bureau seeks “corrections” allowing farmers to better participate. “We expect the House to take up a bill this week,” said AFBF Congressional Relations Director R.J. Karney. “The Senate is expected to vote on its bipartisan bill shortly after […]

AFBF: Farmers Need To Act Fast To Receive Economic Relief

Congress recently appropriated $310 billon of additional funding to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program and an additional $60 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Congressional Relations Director R.J. Karney said farmers and ranchers need to act fast. “What’s most critical right now is for farmers and […]

FAA Proposal Would Ground Drones For Many Farmers

In December, the Federal Aviation Administration submitted a proposal requiring remote identification of drones in flight. The American Farm Bureau Federation recently submitted comments to the FAA regarding the rule. “Remote identification is the ability of an unmanned aircraft or drone in flight to provide identification and location information so that people on the ground,” […]

House Has A Very Busy Week And Ag Looks To Benefit

Agriculture is getting a triple boost this week on the trade, spending and tax fronts, as Congress wraps up business for the year this week.  The House Ways and Means Committee kicked things off this week by sending to the full-House, the long-awaited USMCA, worth an estimated $2 billion in new U.S. farm exports.  The […]

House Passes Ag Appropriations in Minibus Spending Bill, President May Veto

As quickly as the House passed on party-line votes, its versions of the Fiscal Year 2020 spending bills for federal agencies, including USDA, the White House said ‘no.’  The bills, lumped together in so-called ‘minibusses’ that include a $ 24 billion USDA spending bill, are laden with policy riders the White House says the President […]

AFBF Applauds Congress Passage Of Disaster Aid

On Monday the House passed a $19 billion disaster aid package, sending the legislation to President Trump for his signature.  RJ Karney, American Farm Bureau Federation congressional relations director, said this assistance is sorely needed by farmers and ranchers across the country.   “This disaster relief bill will provide disaster relief to farms all across […]