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December 27, 2012

A Look Back at Ag Issues in 2012

For more information on Newsline, contact: Kari Barbic, Media Specialist, American Farm Bureau Federation, karib@fb.org.

It’s that time of year when we reflect on what happened over the last 12 months. American Farm Bureau Public Policy Deputy Director Dale Moore takes that on from an agricultural aspect in this story from AFBF’s Johnna Miller.
Miller:Like so many things in life, agriculture is always full of ups and downs. But 2012 might stand out as the year that many important agricultural issues didn’t make it to the finish line. Some of those are a pretty big deal.
Moore:For farmers and ranchers, yes, I would say that not getting the farm bill done is frustrating. But unless something is done on this on the estate tax front, there are a number of farmers, all across the country, a number of ranchers all across the country that if someone should die, they’ve got to go ransom half of their operation back from the federal government just to keep viable. That’s just unconscionable. 
Miller:American Farm Bureau Deputy Director of Public Policy Dale Moore says many of the victories took push back from farmers and ranchers.
Moore:We had a big win on getting the Department of Labor to pull back the rule that would have had a tremendous impact on children on farms and ranches being able to work, much as I did growing up.
Miller:And he expects some wins will require more fight in the future.
Moore:You look at the dust rule. We’ve been celebrating the victory we had on EPA rolling back the dust rule from their original proposal. That’s a great win, but I’m also remembering that this is like the third or fourth time we’ve had this fight over the past 20 years. It’s going to come back again. No doubt in my mind.
Miller:And with a new farm bill pushed into the new Congress, 2013 is shaping up to be a busy year. Johnna Miller, Washington.
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