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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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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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AFBF Disappointed in Blueberry Investigation Ruling

February 11, 2021 | News Releases

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the International Trade Commission (ITC) Section 202 ruling on blueberry imports.
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Agriculture Makes Gains in Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions

February 11, 2021 | News Releases

New analysis of EPA data highlights agricultural emissions reductions and the importance of developing new research and technologies to capture more carbon in cropland and pastureland. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Market Intel also reviews trends in U.S. carbon sequestration as climate-smart farming practices increase.
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Foundation for Agriculture Awards Over $17,000 in Ag Literacy Grants

February 3, 2021 | News Releases

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture announces a total of $17,550 in scholarships and grant awards to recognize exceptional agricultural literacy programs conducted by educators, volunteers and communities across the country who work to connect students with how their food is grown.
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South African Farm Labor Exempt from Travel Ban

January 29, 2021 | News Releases

The U.S. State Department clarified its ban on noncitizens entering the United States from South Africa. A Biden administration proclamation suspended travel from several countries due to COVID-19 concerns. The State Department clarified that agriculture workers entering the U.S. qualify for national interest exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
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