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House Approves Regulatory Reform Bill

News / FBNews January 13, 2017

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The House earlier this week passed Farm Bureau-supported legislation that would ensure transparency and accountability by regulatory agencies, reaffirm congressional intent in rulemaking and strengthen the public’s right to know. As approved by lawmakers, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 5) included an amendment offered by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) that would limit a federal agency from lobbying for its own rulemaking.

On Jan. 8, more than 1,500 Farm Bureau members contacted their legislators in support of the regulatory reform bill and the Peterson amendment after American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall issued a call to action during his opening address at the organization’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show.

The legislation now goes to the Senate.

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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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