Farm Bureau Establishes 2020 Priorities

Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Convention this week adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in 2020. After a year-long process to review ways to modernize Federal Milk Marketing Orders, AFBF’s delegates voted to support creation of a flexible, farmer- and industry-led milk management system. This includes giving individual dairy farmers a voice by allowing them to vote independently and confidentially on rules governing milk prices. The new dairy policies, when combined, “will form a strong foundation” to guide the organization during future reform efforts to better coordinate milk supply and demand. Delegates also updated labor and immigration policies, emphasizing the need to see significant changes to the H-2A program. And delegates also voted to support allowing a higher THC level in hemp. Delegates also re-elected American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall and Vice President Scott VanderWal for their third terms. VanderWal served as chair of the meeting on behalf of Duvall, who is grieving the loss of his wife, Bonnie.