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AFBF Pres. Zippy Duvall 2021 Virtual Convention Opening Speech

Dan General, Industry News Release

(AFBF) — The following are remarks made by AFBF President Zippy Duvall during the Opening General Session of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 102nd Annual Convention: Well, thank you, Scott for that great introduction. And, I want to say thank you for being the vice president of American Farm Bureau, and what a great partner you’ve been for me for the …

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COVID-19 Taking Heavy Toll on Farmers’ Mental Health

Dan Coronavirus, General, Industry News Release

(AFBF) — A strong majority of farmers/farmworkers say the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health, and more than half say they are personally experiencing more mental health challenges than they were a year ago, according to a new American Farm Bureau poll. The survey of rural adults and farmers/farmworkers explores how the pandemic has affected their mental health personally and …

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AFBF Welcomes Nomination of Tom Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative

(AFBF) — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Tom Vilsack to serve as Secretary of Agriculture. The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall: “The American Farm Bureau Federation welcomes the news that Tom Vilsack will be nominated to be Secretary of Agriculture. His leadership as the 30th Secretary of Agriculture and as Governor …

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AFBF Statement on President-Elect Joe Biden’s Victory

Dan General, Industry News Release

(AFBF) — The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:“The American Farm Bureau Federation congratulates President-elect Biden on his election, as well as the representatives and senators elected to serve in the 117th Congress. “President-elect Biden will be presented with opportunities to improve the lives of rural Americans and this nation’s farmers and ranchers, who are facing …

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Department of Labor Stabilizes Farmworker Pay

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

(AFBF) — The Department of Labor announced it will stabilize the wages paid to guest farmworkers. The Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) will remain at 2020 rates for the next two years. The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall: “Farmers are committed to paying their employees a fair wage, but the existing system sets …

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Farm Bureau Concerned About Possible Chinese Trade Retaliation

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

The following statement on possible trade retaliation by China against U.S. farm exports may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “If the trade situation continues to deteriorate, our lives as farmers and ranchers will become more difficult. America’s farmers and ranchers export more than $21 billion of farm products to China – more than 20 percent …

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Over Regulation Threatens Family Farms, AFBF President Duvall Tells Senate

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, in testimony before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, recounted a long list of regulatory abuses and missteps by the federal government. Drawing on his two years as president of the nation’s largest farming organization, Duvall called for bipartisan cooperation in reducing over regulation, which has been a target of administrations …

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Farmers Celebrate 2017 Victories

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

From tax reform, to the Waters of the U.S. Rule, officials in Washington, D.C., gave farmers and ranchers plenty to cheer about last year. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall this month told Farm Bureau members at the organization’s Annual Convention that tax reform topped the list. Tax Duvall says the Waters of the U.S. rule was one of …

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AFBF President Zippy Duvall Discusses Farm Labor

Dan Labor and Immigration

Delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention this week unanimously re-elected AFBF President Zippy Duvall. Delegates also approved measures to help assure a prosperous agricultural and rural economy in the coming year and beyond. During a press conference, one issue Duvall was asked about was immigration reform and farm labor. This past year, many farmers were forced …