With President Donald Trump’s signature earlier today, the 2018 omnibus spending bill—and the several provisions that benefit farmers, ranchers and rural communities it includes—became law.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:51:00 EST
On March 23, 2018, the Section 232 global steel tariff of 25 percent, along with a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports, came into effect. The tariffs apply to imports of all steel and aluminum products unless the product or country of origin are specifically excluded. Some important trading partners were excluded, yet many remain. U.S. agriculture remains on high alert, and following recent Chinese announcements on tariffs impacting a number of agricultural commodities, were left wondering not if, but when additional U.S. agricultural exports could be targeted.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:43:00 EST
The following statement on possible trade retaliation by China against U.S. farm exports may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:27:00 EST
Just after midnight on Friday, the Senate passed the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill. Several aspects of the measure, which cleared the House on Thursday, are important to farmers, ranchers and rural communities, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:40:00 EST
Although farms have grown larger in recent years, family farmers still dominate the agricultural landscape. Chad Smith has more.
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:22:00 EST
Approved earlier today in the House of Representatives, the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill now moves to the Senate, where lawmakers must pass it soon to avoid a government shutdown at midnight on Friday.
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:53:00 EST
P.L. 115-97, commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017, was cheered by the agricultural sector for its inclusion of new provisions related to pass-through businesses. In particular, the new 20 percent deduction of net business income for pass-through business owners was something to be celebrated. However, as sometimes happens in a large bill, changes made to fix one problem, led to the creation of another which reporters dubbed the “grain glitch”. The omnibus spending bill, released Wednesday (March 21) and expected to pass on Friday, includes a provision to resolve the issue.
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:35:00 EST
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall received the Distinguished 4-H Alumni Medallion at the ninth annual National 4-H Council Legacy Awards.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:35:00 EST
From its beginning almost a century ago, the American Farm Bureau Federation has been a strong advocate for international trade.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:48:00 EST
Happy National Ag Week! I’m so proud of the faithful service and hard work of America’s farmers and ranchers all year long, and I’m grateful for how this week shines a spotlight on our great industry.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:58:00 EST