Friday, January 19, 2018
Farmer-delegates land on 4 top issues to focus on in 2018. Read what they are here.
Farm policy and regulatory reform lead the 2018 strategic action plan goals for the American Farm Bureau Federation. The goals, which identify the organization’s top public policy issues for 2018, were approved by the AFBF Board of Directors following delegate action during the organization’s 99th annual convention.
The four top issues include:
1. Farm policy: Enact a farm bill in the 115th Congress that benefits farmers and ranchers, rural communities and food security.
2. Immigration reform: Enact immigration reform in the 115th Congress that helps meet farmers’ and ranchers’ labor needs.
3. Regulatory reform: Work for reform to ensure federal rules are limited to what is necessary, are supported by science, appropriately balance costs and benefits, are clearly authorized by law, are created in a transparent manner, and allow farmers and ranchers to remain productive.
4. Trade: Defend and expand trade opportunities for U.S. agriculture.
Several other issues remain on AFBF’s watch list, including:
- Supporting energy policy that enhances availability and affordability of energy for farmers and ranchers and encourages the growth of renewable energy production.
- Increasing investment in rural and agricultural infrastructure, including broadband internet access, rural roads and bridges, inland waterway locks and dams, sea ports and agricultural research.
- Continuing efforts to eliminate the estate tax and monitor implementation of the 2017 tax reform law.
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