“This could be the best of times…and possibly the worst of times in agriculture,” according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, who spoke last week at the Department of Agriculture’s Ag Outlook Forum.
Duvall told the attendees: “there are some early indications that it could be the worst,” according to the Hagstrom Report. His remarks were addressing what he called “the elephant in the room,” being President Donald Trump. Expressing concerns about trade and immigration, specifically aggressive action on deportation, Duvall said: “this could cost $60 billion in agriculture production.” Duvall called for a workable guest worker program run by USDA. Meanwhile, Duvall pointed to AFBF’s priorities for the year and the ‘best of times’ outlook for agriculture, being getting serious on immigration, tax, and regulatory reforms, providing much-needed relief for farmers.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.