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·         Media Release: Famers and Ranchers Voice Concerns on Stepped-up Basis, WOTUS

·         Media Release: Farm Bureau Raises Concerns about Partisan Reconciliation Package

·         American farmers face critical supply chain issues, says AFBF



Famers and Ranchers Voice Concerns on Stepped-up Basis, WOTUS


Source: American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF)

September 7, 2021


Farmers and ranchers are voicing their concerns to Washington, D.C. on the top issues facing them. Micheal Clements shares more with Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall.


Clements: Traveling the countryside, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall is hearing from farmers and ranchers about the top issues facing their operations. Duvall says farmers and ranchers have concerns regarding the proposed changes in stepped-up basis.


Duvall: They're very concerned about the conversation that's being had around taxes and how we will move forward on the stepped-up basis. They have contacted their Congressmen and Senators. So, we've had tremendous support, even to the point that we've had some Congressmen and Senators write letters from both sides of the aisle to leadership and to the President about how important it was to not to change stepped-up basis, and how important it was to us to be able to continue to pass our family farms on to the next generation.


Clements: He says farmers and ranchers are also telling the Environmental Protection Agency what they need from the Waters of the U.S. Rule rewrite effort.


Duvall: EPA has been holding listening sessions about rewriting the rule and taking comments, and we're very proud that about 75 percent of them sessions were farmers and ranchers that volunteered. I think that was a great showing, so we're real proud of the way agriculture stepped up to let EPA know that we want clean water, but we also have to have clear rules.


Clements: Duvall says farmers and ranchers need to be engaged in these issues.


Duvall: I know our farmers and ranchers are busy, but I'm telling you, we need to make sure that our farmers and ranchers stay engaged on what's going on in Washington, D.C. We encourage them to be part of an organization like Farm Bureau, and alongside of Farm Bureau be part of their commodity organizations, so that we can work in tandem, working for the same outcome. If you're not part of an organization, you might be like that lone wolf howling in the night. You join up with organization like ours, we put together a pack of voices that cannot be ignored.


Clements: Learn more at Micheal Clements, Washington.


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Farm Bureau Raises Concerns about Partisan Reconciliation Package


Source: American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF)

September 7, 2021


American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall today sent a letter to congressional leadership expressing deep concerns about the reconciliation package the House will begin considering this month. AFBF urged lawmakers to avoid tax increases on America’s farmers and ranchers and ensure transparency and stakeholder involvement throughout the legislative process.


Congress is considering another massive partisan bill through reconciliation, which would be paid for by steep tax hikes on farmers and ranchers. “Despite all claims to the contrary, these tax increases will have a disproportionate impact on American family farms, stifle economic growth and rural prosperity and could lead to further consolidation across the agricultural sector, putting multi-generational family farms in jeopardy,” wrote Duvall.


While the reconciliation package may include opportunities to increase funding for conservation programs, agriculture research and other important farm policy programs, AFBF is calling on Congress to be transparent and work in a bipartisan manner when drafting legislation. “Impacts to existing farm bill programs could be profound if the proper process is not followed: Public hearings should be held to identify future challenges for the next farm bill,” President Duvall continued. “The agriculture industry and the committees of jurisdiction have held to a long tradition of bipartisanship. Farm Bureau believes that widespread support and significant input from a variety of stakeholders strengthens any legislation.”


Many of the proposals, if implemented, could set back American agriculture for generations to come. As the country and economy begin to regain their footing, lawmakers should not undermine the long-term risk management tools agriculture depends on or raise taxes on the backs of the farmers and ranchers who grow the safe, sustainable food supply we all rely on.


Read the full AFBF letter:



Mike Tomko

Director, Communications

(202) 406-3642

[email protected]


Bailey Corwine

Media Relations Specialist

(202) 406-3643

[email protected]


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American farmers face critical supply chain issues, says AFBF

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack outlining potential solutions to the on-going supply chain issues facing US farmers.


Global Ag Media

via The Pig Site - 7 September 2021


AFBF details seven priorities for USDA to consider in response to President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains.


“We are now in our 18th month of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, our nation has witnessed vulnerabilities throughout the supply chain that haven’t been seen before,” wrote AFBF President Zippy Duvall.


“Supplies of farm inputs like crop protectants, fertilizers, and seeds have been difficult to obtain, and expensive to purchase. Highway transportation of farm products and supplies is more expensive and less available today than pre-pandemic levels, and timely maritime transport of value-added agricultural exports is frustrated, at best. All the while, agricultural labor, both domestic and foreign, is increasingly difficult to access and expensive, making already small margins even tighter.”


Among the recommendations, AFBF asks USDA to consider action on:


more, including link to AFBF letter to USDA