Closing session at the 2022 AFBF convention.

Closing session at the 2022 AFBF convention.

Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 103rd Convention adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in 2022. Key topics ranged from milk pricing and beef market transparency to urban agriculture.

“Delegates from all 50 state Farm Bureaus and Puerto Rico came together today to demonstrate the power of grassroots leadership,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “The policies set forth will guide Farm Bureau in its mission to advocate for farmers and ranchers and build a sustainable future of safe and abundant food, fiber and renewable fuel for our entire nation and world.”

The Biden administration is paying attention to the cattle industry and made big announcements to help. Throwing a billion dollars at the cattle and beef industry seems a little excessive. 

The meat industry has been highlighted in the past several months by the Biden administration, along with Congress. With higher costs of food for consumers but higher profits for meat packers, the administration is scrutinizing larger companies and taking a closer look at consolidation. 

More than a dozen state attorneys general have penned a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, offering insight on issues in the livestock markets and potential solutions to strengthen enforcement under the Packers and Stockyards Act.

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