American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said agriculture saw a number of victories through 2018. The victories included extra help for struggling cotton and dairy producers, near-total repeal of the estate tax, as well as getting animal waste declassified as hazardous waste. Duvall said trade and the 2018 Farm Bill were two of the biggest victories of the year.
“We worked with the Administration to wrap up the Korean trade treaty and renegotiation of NAFTA into USMCA and next year it will be a challenge getting it through Congress. And then recently here, we were successful in helping Congress pass a Farm Bill, that we’re really excited about. It provides a lot of really good things for Agriculture, especially certainty for the next five years.”
Duvall added looking ahead to 2019, trade will be a key area of focus.
“We’re looking forward to working with the Administration on the China issue. While the trade war is going on, we’re encouraging them to move forward with that and try to help us there. What we’re really encouraged by is the letter the President sent up to Congress of his intent to start discussions with Japan, the EU and the UK, and we think that is great potential in those three countries.”
Duvall added he’s looking forward to working with the new Congress as well as addressing additional issues in the New Year, such as the new Clean Water Rule and WOTUS.
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