The American Farm Bureau has released its first assessment of the impact on farmers and ranchers in the wake COVID-19.
AFB said it is concerned about H-2A labor issues following the State Department’s announcement to suspend all processing of new, non-emergency visa applications in Mexico. U.S. farms and ranches could face a serious labor shortage at a critical time for planting and harvesting crops essential to the domestic food supply. Additionally, AFBF noted supply chain concerns and market concerns. AFBF President Zippy Duvall noted concerns from livestock producers regarding market manipulation and urged USDA to monitor the situation to protect ranchers and consumers alike from price manipulation.
In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Duvall pledged, “America’s farmers and ranchers will be with you every step of the way.”