WASHINGTON, D.C., January 17, 2018 – The American Farm Bureau Federation today released its 2018 strategic action plan goals. The goals, which identify the organization’s top public policy issues for 2018, were approved last week in Nashville by the AFBF Board of Directors following delegate action during the organization’s 99th annual convention.
The action plan goals will serve as the focus of intensive, cross-functional planning and organizational engagement by AFBF throughout 2018. The four top issues include:
- Farm Policy: Enact a farm bill in the 115th Congress that benefits farmers and ranchers, rural communities, and food security.
- Immigration Reform: Enact immigration reform in the 115th Congress that helps meet farmers’ and ranchers’ labor needs.
- Regulatory Reform: Work for reform to ensure that federal rules are limited to what is necessary, are supported by science, appropriately balance costs and benefits, are clearly authorized by law, are created in a transparent manner, and allow farmers and ranchers to remain productive.
- Trade: Defend and expand trade opportunities for U.S. agriculture.
Additional watch-list issues will be monitored for developments that warrant increased strategic planning and collaboration. These include:
- Energy: Ensure policy that enhances the availability and affordability of energy for farmers and ranchers and encourages the growth of renewable energy production.
- Infrastructure: Work for greater investment in rural and agricultural infrastructure, including broadband Internet access, rural roads and bridges, inland waterway locks and dams, sea ports and agricultural research.
- Tax Reform: Continue working to eliminate the estate tax and monitor implementation of the 2017 tax reform law.
The list is not inclusive of all the issues the organization will address in 2018, as AFBF will continue to look for opportunities to implement actions compatible with the policies set forth by 353 farmer and rancher delegates from across the nation during last week’s annual convention.