Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

Issues

  

Trade

USMCA

USMCA

With the implementation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, U.S. farmers and ranchers are eager to realize the more than $2 billion in additional farm exports and $65 billion in gross domestic product the pact is expected to provide. read more

Trade Agreements

Trade Agreements

The U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement will lower tariffs and put U.S. farmers and ranchers on a level playing field to compete in Japan with countries that participate in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. read more

  

Regulatory Reform

Agriculture and Regulatory Reform

Agriculture and Regulatory Reform

All Americans have an interest in a regulatory process that is transparent and fact-based, respects the will of Congress, and observes the separation of powers in the Constitution. read more

The New Clean Water Rule

The New Clean Water Rule

Farmers and ranchers welcome the clarity and commonsense the new Clean Water Rule provides. read more

The Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act

Preserving natural surroundings for America’s wildlife has long been a priority for America’s farmers and ranchers. read more

  

Sustainability

  

Innovation

Biotechnology

Biotechnology

Biotechnology is an important tool for better sustainability and food security. It helps farmers grow more food while improving the environment. For example, biotechnology reduces the use of costly inputs and improves weed management, allowing farmers to reduce tillage for better soil, water and air quality.  read more

Gene Editing

Gene Editing

Farmers play an integral role in addressing some of society’s greatest challenges from preventing hunger to improving health and sustainability, and new technology and innovation helps us fulfill that mission. Gene editing is an important tool that can unlock tremendous benefits for consumers and the environment, and help farmers grow healthier, more sustainable food, fiber and fuel. read more

  

Farm Policy

2018 Farm Bill

2018 Farm Bill

The 2018 Farm Bill is a complete package, and one that will serve all Americans. Learn how the Farm Bill matters. read more

Federal Milk Marketing Order Reform

Federal Milk Marketing Order Reform

The U.S. dairy industry is changing rapidly, from consolidation among farmers, cooperatives and processors, to shifts in consumer preferences to a broader reach in global markets. If dairy policy is to evolve and keep pace with these changes, dairy farmers need to be involved. read more

  

Immigration Reform

Agriculture Labor Reform

Agriculture Labor Reform

Securing a reliable and competent workforce for our nation’s farms and ranches is essential to agriculture and the U.S. economy. Yet every year, U.S. agriculture faces a critical shortage of workers, making our farms and ranches less competitive with foreign farmers and less reliable for the American consumer.  read more

E-Verify

E-Verify

Requiring agricultural employers to use E-Verify without assuring that a workable guest worker program is in place could threaten the livelihoods of many farmers and ranchers in labor-intensive agriculture. read more

  

Infrastructure

Rural Infrastructure

Rural Infrastructure

American farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to meet domestic demands and compete globally depends on a robust and reliable infrastructure. read more

Rural Broadband

Rural Broadband

America’s farmers and ranchers need viable rural communities to supply the services needed to support their families and agricultural operations.  read more

  

Tax Reform

Agriculture and Tax Reform

Agriculture and Tax Reform

Farm Bureau supports replacing the current federal income tax with a fair and equitable tax system that encourages success, savings, investment and entrepreneurship. We believe that the new code should be simple, transparent, revenue-neutral and fair to farmers and ranchers. read more

Estate Tax Repeal

Estate Tax Repeal

America values these family-owned farms and ranches because of the food, fiber, and fuel they produce, the contribution that agriculture makes to job creation and the economy, and the open space that farming and ranching protects. Yet, our nation's estate tax policy can be in direct conflict with the desire to preserve and protect our nation's family-owned farms and ranches. read more

Capital Gains Taxes

Capital Gains Taxes

Long-term capital gains are taxed at a lower rate to encourage investment in farms and businesses that grow our economy, create jobs and in recognition that these investments involve risk. read more

  

Energy

Comprehensive US Energy Policy

Comprehensive US Energy Policy

In the recent past, tight oil and natural gas supplies drove U.S. farm inputs and energy prices to all-time highs, substantially increasing farm production costs. In the near term, stopping exploration for and use of fossil fuels cannot be done without severely disrupting our economy and threatening Americans’ standard of living. read more

  

Other

Grazing on Public Lands

Grazing on Public Lands

Livestock grazing on federal lands is integral to ranches across the U.S., especially in the West. This generations-long practice not only provides for food for our nation but also serves to manage and conserve natural resources and the communities that depend on them. read more

Crop Health

Crop Health

Farmers and ranchers rely on a variety of tools and techniques as they grow the crops that will become our food, fiber and renewable fuel. read more

Food Safety

Food Safety

American consumers deserve to have confidence that their food is safe and that the best science is used to ensure that they have access to the most wholesome products.  read more

Wild Horse and Burro Management

Wild Horse and Burro Management

Wild horses and burros are to be managed according to the Wild and Free-Roaming Horse & Burro Act of 1971, which not only specifies where wild horses and burros can occupy public lands but that they shall be managed in a manner that produces a thriving natural ecological balance. read more

GIPSA

GIPSA

The Packers and Stockyards Act was enacted in 1921 and prohibits unfair, deceptive, and unjust discriminatory practices by market agencies, dealers, stockyards, packers, swine contractors, and live poultry dealers in the livestock and poultry industries. read more

Neonicotinoids & Honey Bees

Neonicotinoids & Honey Bees

Insect pollination is critical to agriculture, and honey bees alone contribute more than an estimated $15 billion to the agricultural economy. Beekeepers, federal and state regulators, farmers and ranchers, and academic researchers are all engaged in the effort to identify the causes of honey bee decline and to find a solution. read more