American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) president Zippy Duvall experienced his first National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) convention last week where he talked about his first year at the helm of the nation’s largest farm organization.
“It’s been very busy and exciting and a big education for me as far as agriculture in different parts of the country,” said Duvall. “I’ve been to 28 states across the country and probably a total of eight conventions before the middle of December.”
Looking ahead to 2017 with President Donald Trump in office, Duvall says they are excited to work with the transition team as they start to make key appointments. “I think (Trump’s) stand on regulation is what drew farmers and ranchers to him,” said Duvall. “We encourage them to think about having a farmer as head of EPA, or at least someone that’s farm-friendly and understands agriculture.”
Duvall says they are also looking forward to working with President Trump and Congress on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) in 2017. “We don’t debate that there may be some problems with TPP but it’s not in agriculture,” he said. “This is a win for American agriculture.”
Listen to our full interview here: [wpaudio url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zimmcomm/nafb-16-afbf-zippy.mp3″ text=”Interview with Zippy Duvall, AFBF”]
View and download photos from the event here: NAFB Convention Photo Album