National Priority Issues
Farm Bureau supports replacing the current federal income tax with a fair and equitable tax system that encourages success, savings, investment and entrepreneurship. Farmers and ranchers need a tax code that recognizes their financial challenges and encourages rather than hinders farm transfers from generation to generation within a family. We believe that the new code should be simple, transparent, revenue-neutral and fair to farmers and ranchers.
Farm Bureau will work to prevent implementation of the current Waters of the U.S. rule and other excessive expansion of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, reform the Endangered Species Act, preserve farmers’ and ranchers’ land-use and water rights, and reform the federal regulatory process. All Americans have an interest in a regulatory process that is transparent, is facts-based, respects the will of Congress and observes the separation of powers in the Constitution.
Farm Bureau will work to maintain the farm safety net and other programs in the farm bill that are vital to farmers and ranchers, consumers, rural communities and the environment. Farm Bill resources, such as videos, discussions papers and other information, are available online at http://www.fb.org/issues/farm-bill/farm-bureau-farm-bill-resources-in-depth/.
Farm Bureau will monitor implementation of GMO labeling rules, continue to work for greater broadband access in rural areas and protect farmers’ control of their farm data.
Farm Bureau will work for greater access to global markets both through new trade agreements and enforcement of existing trade commitments.
Farm Bureau will work to improve the affordability, accessibility and quality of health care in rural areas. The organization supports repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.
Farm Bureau will work to preserve farmers’ and ranchers’ access to critical animal health products. The organization urges the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address livestock producers’ concerns with the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD).
Farm Bureau will work to advance legislation that addresses agriculture’s labor needs and reforms the nation’s immigration system.
Farm Bureau encourages policies that enhance the availability and affordability of energy for farmers and ranchers and growth of renewable energy production.
Farm Bureau will actively seek ways to share messages about sustainability from the farmer’s perspective.