NMF&LB President attends AFBF Council of Presidents

NMF&LB President attends AFBF Council of Presidents

NMF&LB President attends AFBF Council of Presidents

 Trade opportunities, changes to the Endangered Species Act, and the outlook for the US farm economy were some of the topics addressed during last week’s Council of Presidents meeting, hosted virtually by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Speakers on the agenda included U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, and USDA Chief Economist Dr. Robert Johansson.

 “Engaging with local, state and national lawmakers for the benefit of our members is an important activity for New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau,” says Craig Ogden, NMF&LB President.  “It is a testament to the value of the agricultural community that those involved in national policy development are eager to work with the nation’s food producers.”

 It is traditional for AFBF to invite presidential candidates to join the Council of Presidents and this year Tom Vilsack, former USDA Secretary of Agricultures addressed the group representing former Vice President Joe Biden who was unavailable.  President Donald Trump invited state board members and county presidents to join the call as he spoke at length about what he hopes to accomplish for America’s farmer and ranchers.

 Of particular interest to farmers and ranchers in New Mexico was Secretary Bernhardt’s discussion of reforming the National Environmental Policy Act, updating the definition of critical habitat, and plans for increased predator control.