In this opinion piece, Blake Hurst explains how the livestock markets are broken and how a well-researched snapshot of our present situation can help the U.S. figure out what the future should look like for the industry.
The policy session at the close of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention wasn’t exactly an action-packed affair, but several policy shifts approved by members could have ripple effects on farm policy.
When USDA officials announced last week that they were planning to help farmers hard hit by trade disputes with up to $12 billion in assistance, the news was largely welcomed in farm country as a way to provide short-term relief. But new concerns are emerging.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention in Nashville next week, and his appearance will likely spice up a meeting that might otherwise be light on policy talk.
After witnessing a presidential campaign that was big on bombast and small on concrete policy proposals, many – including ag organizations – wondered what to expect from the Trump administration’s first year in office.