The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:
“The resignation of Ron Gibson from his role as president of the Utah Farm Bureau and therefore from his role on the American Farm Bureau board of directors was the right thing to do.
“Although his apology for mistreating a worker on his farm was heartfelt, such conduct is unacceptable and inconsistent with the values of Farm Bureau. Mistreatment of an employee is never okay. Farm workers, like all workers, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. We recognize the critical role they play on farms across America and deeply appreciate their commitment to helping deliver a safe and abundant food supply to families everywhere.
“Regarding allegations of additional wrongdoing against Mr. Gibson, we reiterate the request from local authorities to allow the investigation to run its course to ensure justice is served.
“We appreciate Mr. Gibson’s years of service.”