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Farmers Hold Unique Position to Fight Climate Change

February 25, 2021 | Newsline

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall Thursday told lawmakers farmers are part of the solution to climate change. Micheal Clements shares how farmers are already contributing to climate smart practices and how they can help in the future.
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AFBF President Zippy Duvall Testimony for House Agriculture Committee

February 25, 2021 | News Releases

Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, my name is Zippy Duvall. I am a third-generation farmer and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, and I am pleased to offer this testimony, on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation and Farm Bureau members across this country.
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AFBF Applauds CFAP Application Deadline Extension

February 25, 2021 | News Releases

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on USDA’s decision to extend the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) application deadline. AFBF sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting an extension for farmers and ranchers. “AFBF applauds Secretary Vilsack for his swift response to our call for an extension to the CFAP application deadline. Coronavirus aid is a lifeline for farmers and ranchers who are suffering from losses due to the pandemic. Recent severe weather and the suspension of CFAP payments led to challenges and confusion surrounding the application process. The extra time will help ensure America’s farmers have the opportunity to apply for help. “We encourage USDA to quickly complete its review of CFAP so resources can be distributed to the people who are working to feed families across the country.”
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Farmers Need More Time to Apply for CFAP

February 24, 2021 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking USDA to extend the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). In January, an additional $13 billion in assistance was made available to help farmers and ranchers who are suffering losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current deadline is this Friday, February 26, but recent severe weather and the suspension of CFAP payments led to challenges and confusion surrounding the application process.
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AFBF Supports Legislation to Double CCC Borrowing Limit

February 23, 2021 | Newsline

New legislation introduced by Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) would give a much-needed boost to the Commodity Credit Corporation. Micheal Clements shares more on how the increased funding could help agriculture.
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Farm Bureau Congratulates Tom Vilsack on Confirmation

February 23, 2021 | News Releases

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the confirmation of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture.
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Agriculture Climate Alliance Gains Momentum

February 22, 2021 | News Releases

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the increasing momentum behind an alliance co-founded by AFBF, the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance, announced in a FACA news release.
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Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance Expands Membership, Drills Down on Policy Recommendations

February 22, 2021 | News Releases

The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) today announced expanding membership and new policy working groups focused on developing a set of more specific policy proposals that drill down on the 40+ recommendations released by FACA in November 2020.
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H-2A AEWR Increases for 2021

February 18, 2021 | Newsline

Farmers must pay H-2A workers more in 2021, as defined by a report from the Department of Agriculture.
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Register now for AFBF FUSION Reimagined Conference

February 17, 2021 | Newsline

Registration is open for Farm Bureau’s FUSION Reimagined Conference next month. Micheal Clements shares what attendees can expect from the virtual event.
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