wotus

EPA’s Intention to Revise WOTUS Disappoints Farm Bureau

Dan Environment, Irrigation, Water

It’s ‘Groundhog Day’ all over again for the controversial Obama-era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, as Biden’s EPA Chief Michael Regan moves to dump the Trump rule that eased the sweeping Obama wetlands restrictions. He recently told the Senate Environment Committee the Obama WOTUS rule and the Trump replacement both need fixing. But American Farm Bureau’s Don Parrish fears …

climate benefits

Biden’s 30X30 Proposal Causing Concern Among U.S. Agriculture

Dan Conservation, Environment, Legislative

The American Farm Bureau Federation is one of many agriculture groups calling on the Biden Administration to act responsibly when it comes to conservation. Biden’s goal to conserve at least 30 percent of U.S. land and water by 2030, commonly known as “30X30,” is raising many questions. A letter to the administration makes three key requests: that the administration provides …

stepped

ASA/AFBF: Stepping on Stepped-up Basis Has Big Consequences

Dan Legislative

Any change in capital gains tax policy that eliminates or scales back stepped-up basis could result in a massive tax burden on the agricultural sector. A new analysis by the American Soybean Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation confirmed the findings. To minimize the impact of burdensome capital gains taxes, farmers and ranchers use a stepped-up basis, which provides …

pandemic assistance

Ag Responds to USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers Funding

Dan Coronavirus, Economy, USDA

COVID-19 Aid Released and Expanded to Include More Producers (AFBF) — USDA announced its plans to distribute more than $12 billion under a program called Pandemic Assistance for Producers, which includes aid that had been put on hold as well as funds newly allocated in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The program assists farmers and ranchers who previously did not qualify for COVID-19 …

producers

Agriculture Must Be Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccine

Dan Coronavirus

The American Farm Bureau Federation urges the Biden administration to make agriculture a priority for the COVID-19 vaccine. AFBF President Zippy Duvall sent a letter calling for the elimination of barriers to vaccine access for the country’s farmers and farm workers. “We fully appreciate and support that our nation’s heroic first responders, medical professionals, the elderly and caretakers, along with …

nominations

Farm Dog of Year Nominations Now Open

Dan General

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) invites farmers to submit nominations for the 2022 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest, supported by Purina. This is the contest’s fourth year. It celebrates farm dogs and the many ways they support farmers and ranchers in producing nutritious food for families and their pets across America. The grand prize winner – …

pandemic assistance

House Agriculture Committee Hears About Food Insecurity in America

Dan Beef, Citrus, Coronavirus, Dairy, Economy, Field Crops, Fruits, General, Grapefruit, Herbs, Legislative, Livestock, Orange Juice, Organic, Pecans, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables

Written Testimony for the House of Representatives Committee on AgricultureA Look at Food Insecurity in AmericaMarch 11th, 2021Presented By:Zippy DuvallPresidentAmerican Farm Bureau Federation Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, my name is Zippy Duvall. I am a third-generation farmer and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. I am pleased to offer this testimony on behalf of Farm Bureau …

covid

Agriculture Included in New COVID-19 Relief Package

Dan Alabama, Beef, Cattle, Citrus, Coronavirus, Dairy, Economy, Equine, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, General, Georgia, Hemp, Herbs, Industry, Labor and Immigration, Legislative, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pasture, Pecans, Pork, Poultry, Seeds, Sheep-Goats, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Trade, Vegetables

The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, known as “The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021” is now official as President Biden signed the bill late last week. We’ve all heard how the package will include $1,400 stimulus checks for qualifying individuals, extends unemployment benefits, and more. But it also increases assistance through USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). And according …

markets

Cattle Market Transparency Act Introduced in U.S. Senate

Dan Cattle, Legislative

The Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2021 was introduced in the U.S. Senate. If enacted, the legislation would direct the Secretary of Agriculture and the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish regional mandatory minimums for negotiated trade of fed cattle. The act, introduced by Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska, would also direct …

afbf

AFBF President Testifies Before House Agriculture Committee

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Environment, Field Crops, Forestry, Fruits, Legislative, Livestock, Marketing, Nursery Crops, Organic, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall provided testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture Climate Change and the U.S. Agriculture and Forestry Sectors. Here is his written testimony: Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, my name is Zippy Duvall. I am a third-generation farmer and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, and I am pleased to offer this …