The last 12 months in American agriculture have seen just about everything imaginable, from an incredibly warm spring, to drought and Washington wrangling in a farm bill year that yielded no farm bill. American Farm Bureau Public Policy Deputy Director Dale Moore says in DC it wasn’t just the farm bill that stood out in 2012.
“For farmers and ranchers, yes, I would say that not getting the farm bill done is frustrating. But unless something is done on this on the estate tax front, there are a number of farmers, all across the country, a number of ranchers all across the country that if someone should die, they’ve got to go ransom half of their operation back from the federal government just to keep viable. That’s just unconscionable.”
Moore says where there were victories for ag many of them took push back from farmers and ranchers.
“We had a big win on getting the Department of Labor to pull back the rule that would have had a tremendous impact on children on farms and ranches being able to work, much as I did growing up.”
And he expects getting future wins will require more fight.
“You look at the dust rule. We’ve been celebrating the victory we had on EPA rolling back the dust rule from their original proposal. That’s a great win, but I’m also remembering that this is like the third or fourth time we’ve had this fight over the past 20 years. It’s going to come back again. No doubt in my mind.”
This year has been a wild ride and with a new farm bill pushed into the new Congress, 2013 is shaping up to be another busy year.[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/12/AFBF-on-2012.mp3|titles=AFBF on 2012]Source: AFBF