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AFBF President Duvall Issues Call to Action on Regulatory Reform

News / FBNews January 8, 2017

With Congress poised to consider much-needed regulatory reform legislation, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall urged farmers and ranchers nationwide to let their House members know how critical it is to agriculture that regulatory overreach be reined in now. Duvall made his call to action in front of 5,000 Farm Bureau members at the 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show.

The regulatory reform package (H.R. 5) expected on the House floor this week would ensure transparency and accountability by regulatory agencies, reaffirm congressional intent in rulemaking and strengthen the public’s right to know. A Farm Bureau-supported amendment to be offered by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) would limit a federal agency from lobbying for its own rulemaking.

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President-elect Joe Biden announced he will nominate Dr. Jewel Bronaugh to serve as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “AFBF congratulates Dr. Jewel Bronaugh on her nomination to serve as USDA Deputy Secretary. Dr. Bronaugh’s work as Virginia’s Agriculture Commissioner and her previous experience as state director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency have established her as someone who understands the needs of America’s farmers and ranchers. We also appreciate the work she has done to address mental health issues in rural communities - a priority we hope she continues to pursue at the federal level. “Dr. Bronaugh’s nomination, as well as the nomination of Tom Vilsack for Secretary of Agriculture, shows President-elect Biden is carefully considering the challenges facing our nation’s farmers and ranchers. We look forward to working with the new leadership at USDA to ensure American agriculture continues to lead the world in growing safe, affordable food.” Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne F. Pryor also commented on Dr. Bronaugh’s nomination: “Virginia Farm Bureau is proud to see Dr. Bronaugh nominated as USDA Deputy Secretary. The Commonwealth has been fortunate to benefit from Dr. Bronaugh’s leadership as VDACS Commissioner, State FSA Executive Director, and her roles at Virginia State University. She has done much to promote agriculture and address the many issues facing farm families and rural Virginia. Dr. Bronaugh will carry on this work in her new leadership role in Washington, D.C., and we support her swift confirmation”

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Farm Bureau delegates voted on policy priorities for 2021 at the conclusion of the American Farm Bureau Federation Virtual Annual Convention. Micheal Clements shares what issues top the list for the new year.

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