AFBF President Calls for Engagement in Political Process


During a reception Thursday evening at the USDA Ag Outlook Forum, AFBF President Zippy Duvall addressed attendees on the current state of agriculture. As USDA awaits Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary nominee, Sonny Perdue of Georgia, Duvall says Perdue will be a great ambassador for American Agriculture…

“You’ll enjoy working with him.  He will not disappoint you, and he’ll work harder than everybody else.  He wants to make rural America and agriculture sustainable for the future, and for the farms and the families and the businesses that surround them for them to thrive in the future and we’re just really excited to be able to work with him.”

When it comes to immigration reform, Duvall called for reform that allows farmers the labor needed for crop production…

“It’s time for this country to make up its mind  whether or not we’re going to import our labor to plant and harvest our crops, or if we’re going to import our food.  And when I talk to Americans across this country, they don’t want food coming to their table from overseas, they want it grown in America.  They’d like to know the farmer that grew it, if possible.  And when they realize that we can’t get the crops to market without labor, they’ll realize that we’ve got to find a solution.”           

On trade, Duvall said renegotiations of NAFTA will mean the opportunity to address some concerns in the trade agreement. But at the same time, agricultural trade between the U.S. Canada and Mexico must be preserved. Duvall called for unity in agriculture, saying now is the best opportunity to stay engaged in agriculture policy…

 “A lot of people across this country are saying ‘I’ve done my job, I’ve got the man in the man in the White House that I want there, and I’ve got my congressman or senator I want there.’  But, I’m challenging them, saying ‘your job is not done.’   We have the greatest opportunity in recent history of this country to actually stay engaged and make a difference in our futures.”

That’s AFBF President Zippy Duvall.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.

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