America’s farmers and ranchers are committed to doing all they can do to maintain the nation’s food supply amid growing challenges posed by COVID-19.
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) president Zippy Duvall, along with Chalmers Carr, a peach farmer in South Carolina, and John Boelts, a produce farmer in Arizona, gave an update on how farmers are dealing with the situation.
U.S. food and agriculture are included among 16 critical industries approved by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and aid packages are being considered for farmers and ranchers.
Farm Bureau released its first assessment of the impact of coronavirus on farmers and ranchers Wednesday. Labor, supply chain issues and possible price manipulation top the list of immediate issues farmers are raising with the national organization.
Others on the call answering reporters’ questions were AFBF Executive Vice President Dale Moore, Chief Economist John Newton and Congressional Relations Director Allison Crittenden.AFBF press call 3-20-20 (55:12)