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.
In his kickoff speech at the outset of the 2019 American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention, AFBF President Zippy Duvall listed a laundry list of reasons why last year was one to forget in production agriculture, but said it was a banner year for Farm Bureau’s lobbying efforts.
President Donald Trump heads to New Orleans Monday to speak to the nation’s largest farm organization for a second year in a row, even as his trade war drags on and the shutdown of USDA and other departments and agencies important to agriculture entered its fourth week.
EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers announced their new “waters of the U.S.” proposal Tuesday at an event that attracted dozens of farmers and industry leaders who had long sought straightforward definitions that allowed farmers to more clearly decide how to operate on their lands.
President Donald Trump today signed into law “landmark” legislation to counter an epidemic of opioid abuse that is killing tens of thousands of Americans every year, causing heartbreak across the country, including in the U.S. heartland.
A federal judge ruled that the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers improperly suspended the Obama-era “waters of the U.S. rule,” allowing it to take effect in 26 states where it has not been blocked by court order.
Many of Donald Trump’s biggest supporters live in rural America, where it’s not unusual to see Trump flags flying high, along with caps and bumper stickers boasting his signature “Make America Great Again” campaign theme. But his actions on trade, are making farmers and ranchers increasingly nervous.
The U.S. ag sector, already reeling from depressed prices, understands the White House’s desire to punish trade abuses by countries like China, but there is a growing fear that President Donald Trump’s aggressive tactics and rhetoric are threatening overseas markets, according to farm and trade officials speaking today at an Agri-Pulse forum.
Happy National Agriculture Day! Farmers, ranchers and rural communities across the country are marking the occasion with the simple goal of helping consumers understand where the food they eat came from and how the fiber and renewable resource products they use are made.