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U.S. Farm & Biofuel Leaders to White House: Pull EPA Back From the Brink

September 23, 2021 | News Releases

America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on the White House to take immediate action to address reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may soon seek to destroy demand for billions of gallons of low-carbon biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The following joint statement was issued by the Advanced Biofuels Business Council, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, and Renewable Fuels Association: “While a formal proposal has not been released, the expected standards would destroy a decade of progress on low-carbon biofuels and brazenly violate the promises that President Biden made to farmers, green voters, and his own allies in Congress. “We are deeply concerned that this administration is favoring the oil industry over the environment, rural communities, and hardworking farmers by providing handouts that eclipse those obtained by fossil fuel advocates under the previous administration. A move to cut U.S. biofuel requirements would be a devastating blow to rural families and derail this White House’s plan to decarbonize the transportation and agriculture sectors. Reports even suggest the agency could eliminate renewable fuels from past obligations, effectively giving select petroleum companies a retroactive license to force more fossil fuels into the U.S. energy mix. “We urge the president to ensure the EPA avoids a mistake that would undermine the Biden-Harris administration’s relationship with farmers, biofuel producers, and climate advocates across rural America.”
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New Book Gives Kids Glimpse of a ‘Barn at Night’

September 14, 2021 | News Releases

A new children’s book is now available for families searching for a captivating agriculture story to share. “Barn at Night,” featuring lyrical poetry and glowing watercolors, is now available from Feeding Minds Press, the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s publishing venture.
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AFBF Welcomes Nomination of Elaine Trevino for Chief Agricultural Negotiator

September 13, 2021 | News Releases

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the nomination of Elaine Trevino for chief agricultural trade negotiator at the United States Trade Representative.
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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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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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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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USDA Announces Contract Grower Aid Program

August 24, 2021 | News Releases

Farmers who were previously ineligible for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) can now apply for aid thanks to collaboration between the American Farm Bureau, lawmakers and USDA. Up to $1 billion will be made available through the Consolidated Appropriations Act to livestock and poultry producers who suffered financial losses from January 1, 2020, through December 27, 2020. The American Farm Bureau first raised concern about farmers being left out of the aid package in May 2020 and has been engaged on this issue for more than a year.
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