Washington--Congress will debate numerous issues this year. And the American Farm Bureau Federation has positions on a multitude of issues. But President Bob Stallman says the organization must focus its resources on a short list of priority issues to wield influence in Washington, D.C.
“It’s very important that we pass a farm bill in 2012,” Stallman said. “The current one expires at the end of 2012. Farmers need some certainty; they need to understand what the rules are about whatever safety net the government is there to provide for those calamities and instances where farmers’ and ranchers’ entire operations are at risk.”
Other priority issues for AFBF in 2012 include securing an adequate agricultural guestworker program, urging the Department of Labor to maintain the traditional exemption for family labor for children of farmers and ranchers, and estate tax policy reform.