Buckeye Farm News
The American Farm Bureau Federation welcomed President Obama’s call in his recent State of the Union address for Congress to pass energy legislation that includes more production of renewable fuels and nuclear power. AFBF also strongly backs his commitment to opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development and supports continued investment in advanced biofuels and clean coal technologies.
AFBF also responded positively to the president’s call to export more agricultural goods.
“We appreciated his support for strengthening trade relations with Asia and with key partners like South Korea, Panama and Colombia. We join President Obama in his stated goal of doubling our exports over the next five years and we look forward to working with the administration on a National Export Initiative that will help farmers and small businesses increase their exports,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman
However, Stallman said AFBF cannot support climate change legislation in its current form.
“As we have continually stressed, climate change legislation currently before Congress will sharply cut the numbers of acres devoted to U.S. food production and will increase energy costs for America’s farmers and ranchers,” he said.