Application Period Opens for 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, has opened online applications for the 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. The national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies that are providing solutions to challenges faced by America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Farm Bureau will award $165,000 in startup funds provided by sponsors […]

AFBF Opposes Elimination of Stepped-Up Basis and New Capital Gains Taxes at Death

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says the organization objects to a proposal by several lawmakers to tax unrealized capital gains at death and roll back the stepped-up basis on those capital gains. Duvall said, “Taxing capital gains when a loved one passes away would have a devastating impact on farm and ranch families.” […]

Report Highlights Need for Increased Ag Research Spending

A New Report says stagnant public funding for agricultural research is threatening the future vitality of U.S. food systems. That poses risks to farmer productivity and profitability, the steady supply of affordable food, and ultimately, global food security. The report is a joint effort from the Farm Journal Foundation and the American Farm Bureau Federation. […]

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 […]

Scott: Farmers Need To Be Able To Farm

Many in the farming community say, yes, America has plenty of food to feed its hungry, but producing it isn’t cheap. And as producer margins narrow, farm leaders worry the cost of production could become too much for many small operators to bear. During a House Ag hearing on food insecurity last week, Georgia Representative […]

Farm Groups Welcome Death Tax Repeal Legislation

Legislation introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate would eliminate the estate tax. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act temporarily doubles the estate tax exemption to $11 million per person indexed for inflation through 2025. However, without congressional action, the estate tax exemption will revert to $5.5 million per person in 2026, putting […]

Duvall Testifies To How Much Ag Is Doing For The Environment

During last week’s hearing on climate change and the agriculture sector, Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall spoke about how farmers and ranchers are already making an impact, as agriculture accounts for just 10% of greenhouse gasses emitted in the United States. All while agricultural productivity grows. “Over the last two generations, we’ve been able to […]

AFBF: Farmers Need More Time to Apply for CFAP

The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking the Department of Agriculture to extend the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. In January, an additional $13 billion in assistance was made available to help farmers and ranchers suffering losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current deadline is this Friday, February 26, but […]

Vilsack Confirmed As Ag Secretary

By a 92-7 vote Tuesday, the Senate confirmed former Iowa Governor and two term Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to head the USDA yet again. There was really no debate Tuesday, but there was some bipartisan praise from Senate Ag chair Debbie Stabenow and ranking committee member John Boozman. “When it comes to strengthening our food […]

Ag Climate Alliance Expands and Makes Policy Recommendations

The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance announced its membership is expanding as it puts together new policy working groups. Last year, the Alliance made more than 40 recommendations on how agriculture can help mitigate climate change and the new groups will focus on developing a set of more-specific policy proposals. The eight founding member organizations […]