Livestock Markets, Farm Labor Among Farm Bureau Policy Objectives for 2022

News / Newsline January 12, 2022

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Delegates of the American Farm Bureau Federation set the 2022 policy direction for the organization Tuesday. Micheal Clements shares details on the organization’s top objectives.

Clements: Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 103rd Convention Tuesday adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in 2022. Farm Bureau Vice President of Public Affairs Sam Kieffer says key topics include livestock market transparency and farm labor.

Kieffer: What's most noteworthy is the amount of time they spent discussing livestock markets and our folks are calling for greater transparency, working for more sunlight into how cattle are marketed. And frustration with agricultural labor continues and our delegates approved additional language regarding the need for farm and agricultural worker stabilization, and reforms to existing guest worker programs.

Clements: Delegates also called for increased transparency in dairy pricing.

Kieffer: Specifically, how the federal milk marketing orders work and some of the differences and nuances within each of the federal orders, and asking USDA to spend more time and energy making sure that dairy producers across the country can get a better understanding of what actually goes into the components of their milk check.

Clements: Delegates opted to include biodiesel in the organizations biofuel policy, increasing federal broadband standard speeds, and the continuation and expansion of urban agriculture. Kieffer says these policy objectives set the path for Farm Bureau in 2022.

Kieffer: The very important conversations that were held on our delegate floor from farmers and ranchers from all locations across our great nation lay the groundwork for the staff and leaders and grassroots network of Farm Bureau to move forward engaging with our elected officials. It gives us the roadmap on how we advocate for America's producers.

Clements: Delegates also re-elected AFBF President Zippy Duvall and Vice President Scott VanderWal for their fourth terms. Learn more at fb.org. Micheal Clements, Atlanta, Georgia.

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