Ag News: AFBF Pleased with CFAP Extension and Vilsack Imperatives
**American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall is pleased with the USDA's decision to extend the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program application deadline.
Duvall tells www.agrimarketing.com, AFBF applauds Secretary Vilsack for his swift response to our call for an extension.
He says coronavirus aid is a lifeline for farmers and ranchers suffering from losses due to the pandemic, and the extra time will help ensure they have the opportunity to apply for help.
**U.S. agriculture faces a triple imperative … market, environment, and income … in responding to climate change.
That’s what Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told www.agriculture.com Thursday, his first day on the job.
Vilsack says the USDA will move at deliberate speed to identify and support successful mitigation practices.
Actions could range from providing expert advice to producers, to launching pilot projects that demonstrate best practices for climate mitigation.
**In Canada, government officials in Alberta are hoping to lure people back into its agriculture and agribusiness sectors.
Over the past decade the province has seen high unemployment numbers due to the downturn in its petroleum industry. The most recent hit came when President Biden announced the cancellation of the Keystone XL cross-border pipeline project.
Some of the largest livestock ranching and meat processing operations, along with many grain and oilseed farming and input-supply companies, are located in Alberta.