AFBF urges USDA to address supply chain issues


By Jennifer Whitlock, Texas Farm Bureau

October 6th, 2021


The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) recently sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack offering possible solutions to several supply chain issues American farmers and ranchers have repeatedly encountered since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The letter was sent to Vilsack ahead of his anticipated report to President Joe Biden regarding agricultural commodity and food product supply chains.

Biden issued an executive order in February requiring a 100-day review and report of various American supply chains by federal agency executives including Vilsack, who is the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).


AFBF asked USDA to consider action on a variety of topics, including livestock processing capacity, farm inputs, commodity and food transportation, labor and trade.


“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. Consumers faced empty grocery store shelves and mile-long food bank lines, while farmers and ranchers were being asked to cull animals, dump milk and plow under fresh produce,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall wrote...