ISSUES

Legislative and regulatory issues important to agriculture and Farm Bureau members are continually discussed by elected and appointed officials and state and federal levels. The following are current issue updates and background information on Farm Bureau priority issues. Click on the buttons below to explore each issue in-depth.

Current Issues

  • USMCA Moves Forward - On November 30, U.S. President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexican President Pena Nieto signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The signing was held during the G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The USMCA will now have to be passed by the legislatures of all three countries to become effective. The U.S. Congress is expected to take up the agreement next year. AFBF STATEMENT

 

  • U.S. - China Trade Update - U.S. President Trump and President Xi of China met during the the G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Following the meeting, the U.S. announced a commitment to suspend any additional tariffs on imports from China for 90 days. The scheduled tariff increases from the current 10% on $200 billion worth of imports to 25% on January 1, 2019, will be postponed. The current tariff levels will continue. In return, China has agreed to import more U.S. goods. The 90-day period is to allow for negotiations between the two countries on the issues of forced technology transfer by U.S. companies doing business in China; intellectual property protection; barriers to access to Chinese markets; services and agriculture.

 

  • 2019 Renewable Fuels - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2019 and biomass-based diesel for 2020. LEARN MORE HERE

 

  • Market Facilitation Program Enrollment - The sign-up period for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) runs through January 15, 2019, with information and instructions provided at www.farmers.gov/mfp. Farmers have until May 1, 2019 to report production numbers on which payment is based upon. Find more information on the program and how to apply here or contact your local FSA office.

 

  • Farmers to Washington D.C.
    The 2019 Farmers to Washington D.C. trips are March 25-27 or September 10-13. See Farm Bureau in action and take agriculture's message to our nation's Capitol. This trip offers the opportunity to have an impact on public policy, represent your fellow farmers on a national level and see historic Washington D.C.

    Space is limited! Reserve your spot by completing the registration form on our website, along with a $50 per person, non-refundable deposit. Ten - $300 trip grants are available for counties. MORE INFORMATION