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Freight Rail Rates Rising, Increasing Farm Business Expenses

September 9, 2021 | Newsline

The domestic rail transportation network is vital to moving agricultural products and goods. Chad Smith has more on rising freight rail rates that are pressuring farm income.
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Tax Proposals Put Future of American Farms at Risk

September 8, 2021 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with 46 state Farm Bureaus and 280 organizations representing family-owned agribusinesses, sent a letter today to congressional leaders urging them to leave important tax policies in place as they draft legislation implementing President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda. The letter addresses four key tax provisions that make it possible for farmers and ranchers to survive and pass their businesses on to the next generation: estate taxes, stepped-up basis, 199A small business deduction and like-kind exchanges.
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Farm Bureau Raises Concerns about Partisan Reconciliation Package

September 7, 2021 | News Releases

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall today sent a letter to congressional leadership expressing deep concerns about the reconciliation package the House will begin considering this month. AFBF urged lawmakers to avoid tax increases on America’s farmers and ranchers and ensure transparency and stakeholder involvement throughout the legislative process.
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Farmers and Ranchers Voice Concerns on Stepped-up Basis, WOTUS

September 7, 2021 | Newsline

Farmers and ranchers are voicing their concerns to Washington, D.C. on the top issues facing them. Micheal Clements shares more with Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall.
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AFBF Urges USDA to Address Supply Chain Issues

September 3, 2021 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation today sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack detailing a list of solutions to address critical supply chain issues facing America’s farmers and ranchers. AFBF details seven priorities for USDA to consider in response to President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains.
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EPA Should Keep “Navigable” in New WOTUS Rule

September 3, 2021 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Federation submitted recommendations today on the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The comments were filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers. In June 2021, the EPA announced its intent to revise the definition of WOTUS and solicited pre-proposal recommendations.
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USDA Projects Increase for 2021 Farm Income

September 2, 2021 | Newsline

A new forecast from USDA projects increased net farm income in 2021. Micheal Clements shares the details.
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WATT Global Media Acquires Feed & Grain Magazine, Digital Brands

Expands media portfolio, gains market depth and broadens audience reach

September 1, 2021 | News Releases

WATT Global Media is pleased to announce the acquisition of Feed & Grain magazine and its associated assets from IDEAg Group LLC, an affiliate of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
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Ruling Threatens Progress Made in Clean Water Efforts

August 31, 2021 | News Releases

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the District of Arizona court ruling to vacate the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.
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Deadline for WOTUS Public Comment Nears

August 31, 2021 | Newsline

Friday is the deadline to submit comments on the Waters of the U.S. rewrite effort. Micheal Clements shares how you can submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency.
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