The farmer and rancher delegates at the just completed 100th annual convention set the organization’s policy priorities for the upcoming year. Topics included farm bill implementation, cell-cultured food products, trade, and much more.
“As our organization has done for the last 100 years, grassroots delegates from across the nation came together to express a unified voice on issues vital to the success of our farms, ranches, and rural communities,” says AFBF President Zippy Duvall.
Among the many topics delegates covered, they are urging the administration and Congress to work together to end the government shutdown as soon as possible because farmers are delayed in securing loans and crop insurance. The impasse has also delayed implementation of the new farm bill.
Delegates also adopted a comprehensive policy to support innovation in cell-based food products while ensuring a level playing field for traditional protein. They affirm that USDA is best able to be the primary regulator of the new industry. Delegates supported improving broadband coverage maps through better data and third-party provider verification. They also support increased funding for programs and facilities for the treatment of substance abuse and mental health issues.
Source: NAFB News Service