AFBF President on Ag: "We Want America to be Tough"

January 10, 2017 09:56 AM

As Washington D.C. prepares to greet the next administration, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is urging Congress to pass sweeping reforms of regulations impacting farmers and ranchers.

With one year under his belt, AFBF President Zippy Duvall welcomed 5,000 to AFBF’s annual convention in Phoenix. During his first ever address for the organization, Duvall issued his request for AFBF members to contact Congress about the need for regulatory reform.

Duvall, a farmer from Georgia, also called on lawmakers to pass legislation to assure farm laborers can work without fear of deportation.

As the Senate begins confirmation hearings on President-elect Trump’s administration, Duvall has some concerns overs some of the comments made regarding China, which is an important market for American agriculture.

“When we start talking about throwing up barriers, and when I get [to] thinking about the whole situation, I’m more concerned about collateral damage than I am of what trade deals are going to be next,” said Duvall. “We all want America to be tough. We want to be a leader in the world, but there’s a fine line.”

Listen to Duvall's discuss possible NAFTA renegotiations, immigration reform and being "frustrated" with the Trump administration's late announcement of Secretary of Agriculture with AgriTalk host Mike Adams below.

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