GOP Tax Bill Deal Likely Floor Votes Early Next Week

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

The GOP tax bill deal now headed for likely floor votes early next week looks good for agriculture, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s tax specialist. Farm Bureau’s Pat Wolff is waiting to look at the final bill text, about to be filed, but so far, Wolff says the bill looks good for producers—starting with an across-the-board cut in …


Duvall Appointed to White House Trade Advisory Committee

Dan Industry News Release

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall has been appointed to the White House’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Members of the ACTPN advise the president on the potential effects of proposed and current trade agreements. The ACTPN, which is administered by the U.S. Trade Representative, is the main trade advisory committee that provides policy information and advice …

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AFBF Hails National Monument Reforms

Dan Industry News Release

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) calls the reduction in size of two national monuments earlier this week a return of common sense to environmental stewardship. AFBF congressional relations director Ryan Yates says the announcement reduces restricted use of federal lands. Announcement The two designations have historically impacted agriculture in a negative way. Agriculture Moving forward, Yates says any decision …

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Long Awaited Tax Reform Nearing Reality

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Comprehensive tax reform, supported by the American Farm Bureau Federation, could soon cross the finish line. The House and Senate have both passed their own versions of tax reform bills.  According to AFBF senior congressional relations director Pat Wolff, the biggest difference for agriculture is how pass-through business income will be treated, income reported by farmers and ranchers who file …

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Busy Week Ahead for Congress

Dan Industry News Release

It will be a busy week in Congress with two big issues that will be addressed. Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director of congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation spoke to Kansas Farm Bureau members at their annual meeting in Manhattan Monday morning. We’ll learn soon the conferees for the conference committee that will try and put the House …


AFBF, NFU, Joint Survey Shows Impact of Opioid Epidemic on Rural America

Dan Industry News Release

A survey by Morning Consult shows 74 percent of farmers and farm workers say they have been directly impacted by opioid abuse. A collaboration between the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union, AFBF President Zippy Duvall says the survey is a united approach to the opioid crisis. Survey National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the survey shows …

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DOT Grants Agriculture Temporary Electronic Logging Device Waiver

Dan Industry News Release

A waiver by the Department of Transportation allows agriculture the exemption to electronic logging device requirements in commercial trucks that take effect next month.  The 90-day waiver was granted in response to a petition by the American Farm Bureau Federation and other ag groups. AFBF congressional relations director Andrew Walmsley says the waiver allows the agency to reevaluate the mandate’s …

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Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years

Dan Industry News Release, Poultry, Vegetables

American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.87. The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in at a total of $22.38 this year. That’s roughly $1.40 …

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Farm Bureau Seeks End to Organic Livestock Rule

Dan Industry News Release, Livestock, Organic

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is seeking full withdrawal of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule, now delayed until January. AFBF President Zippy Duvall this week in a statement said the rule “has been about pushing an agenda rather than advancing food safety or animal welfare.” Duvall said the rule would force organic farmers and ranchers out of …