AFBF’s Concern Over Provision in Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Jim Rogers Labor

By Clint Thompson Time is ticking for the U.S. Senate to approve and pass its version of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bill aimed at improving workforce access for farmers and that has already been passed twice by the House of Representatives. One provision in the legislation to expand the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) to …

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Consumers Paying More for BBQ

Jim Rogers Agri-business, General

This year’s Independence Day cookouts will have consumers paying more for their favorite backyard food fare. They will pay $69.68 for their summer cookout foods, including cheeseburgers, pork chops, chicken breasts, homemade potato salad, strawberries and ice cream, based on a new American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) marketbasket survey. The average cost of a summer cookout for 10 people is $69.68, which …

AFBF Applauds Final Passage of Ocean Shipping Reform Act

Jim Rogers Legislative

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall commented on Monday about the final congressional passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. “AFBF appreciates lawmakers for working together to pass the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. Record-high shipping costs and delayed access to containers have worsened supply chain issues and limited exports at a time when the world is calling on …

Ukraine-Russia Conflict: Lingering Impact on Farmers

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Exports/Imports, Trade

By Clint Thompson The longer the conflict in the Ukraine lingers the added impact it will have on input costs farmers are forced to pay, mainly for fertilizer. Veronica Nigh, economist with American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), discusses the situation. “I think what this last year and the last couple of months in particular have pointed out, these are globally …

CP Shutdown Another Potential Blow to Agriculture

Jim Rogers Agri-business, General, Trade

By Clint Thompson The ongoing labor dispute that shut down the Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway on Sunday could have a ripple effect down to the specialty crop sector in the Southeast. Andrew Walmsley, senior director for congressional relations at American Farm Bureau Federation, said the shutdown means approximately 140,000 barrels of oil are not being shipped out daily. Fertilizer shipments, …

AFBF Pleads with President Biden to Increase Domestic Energy Production

Jim Rogers Agri-business, General

Count the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) as one organization hoping to see an increase in domestic energy production. AFBF President Zippy Duvall sent a letter on Tuesday to President Joe Biden asking him to take the necessary steps to address high energy costs impacting all Americans. Over the past 15 months, oil prices have increased by 130% to more …

AFBF Annual Meeting Highlights Ag Exports

Jim Rogers Exports/Imports

By Clint Thompson The exports of American agricultural products increased substantially in 2021, most notably in China due to the Phase One Agreement. Veronica Nigh, economist with American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), highlighted China’s purchasing increases during AFBF’s meeting in Atlanta earlier this month. “They went from purchasing about $22 billion worth of Ag products in 2016 down to $9 …

Ag Secretary: China About $16 Billion Short in Purchases in Phase One Agreement

Jim Rogers Exports/Imports, USDA

By Clint Thompson U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discussed the importance of exports and holding countries to specified agreements during a speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation on Monday. He was especially specific when discussing the country’s relationship with China. “I know that 30% at some point in time of what we grow and raise is ultimately exported …