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Hopeful for Constructive Trade Talks with China

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

An American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) official says President Trump’s decision to delay much of his latest tariff threat against China is a hopeful sign constructive trade talks can re-start. AFBF trade adviser Dave Salmonsen hopes the delay to December 15 in Trump’s 10-percent duty on some Chinese electronics, footwear and clothing, will do more than just avert higher holiday …

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AFBF Accepting Farm Dog of the Year Nominations

Dan General

(NAFB) — Farmers are invited to submit nominations for the 2020 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year Contest. This is the second year of the contest, which celebrates farm dogs who work alongside their people on the farm to feed America. The grand prize winner – Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year – will win a year’s worth …

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China Trade Standstill More Bad News for Farmers

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

The following statement is fromAmerican Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “China’s announcement that it will not buy any agricultural products from the United States is a body blow to thousands of farmers and ranchers who are already struggling to get by. “In the last 18 months alone, farm and ranch families have dealt with plunging commodity prices, awful weather …

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One Step Away From Helping Farmers Stay in Business

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

(AFBF) — The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “With farm bankruptcies at a record high in some regions of the country, Senate passage of the Family Farmer Relief Act sends an important signal to family farmers and ranchers that our elected officials are willing to act in these challenging times. The bill …

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Farm Bureau Statement on USMCA Senate Hearing

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

(AFBF) — The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. “One message came through loud and clear from today’s hearing: It’s time to wrap up negotiations and ratify USMCA. Rarely, if ever, have we heard support from such diverse interests, recognizing the …

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Farm Bureau Urges New Chapter in China Trade

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

(AFBF) — The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “All eyes will be on this week’s trade negotiations in China because reopening the door to one of the largest markets in the world is key to helping farmers get back on their feet. “We wholly support the Administration’s efforts to stop unfair trade …

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Farm Bureau: Family Farmer Relief Act Will Help Farmers Stay in Business

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

(AFBF) — The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “America’s farmers and ranchers applaud the House passage of the Family Farmer Relief Act.  After several consecutive years of a trying farm economy, updating Chapter 12 bankruptcy eligibility to the current scale and credit needs of U.S. agriculture is a necessity.  Today’s action will …

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Guest-Worker Reforms Essential as Enforcement Increases

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

(AFBF) — The federal government’s announcement of plans to expand and expedite the deportation of undocumented workers prompted a forceful call for guest-worker reforms by AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “We are a nation of laws and farmers believe our laws must be followed, but our laws also ought to allow for an adequate, legal workforce,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. …

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Farm Groups to Evaluate H-2A Proposal

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

(NAFB) — Agriculture groups are evaluating the Department of Labor’s H-2A proposal announced earlier this week. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall welcomed the proposal, thanking the Trump administration for “recognizing the need to reform” the program. However, noting the rule is lengthy, Duvall says AFBF will “evaluate it closely for its potential to assist growers with their labor …