AFBF Director Dale Moore Says Organization's Long History of Influence in Agriculture ContinuesThu, 17 Jan 2019 16:57:52 CST
During the American Farm Bureau Convention this week in New Orleans, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with Dale Moore, who recently was promoted from within the organization to lead its operations as Executive Vice President. During their conversation, Moore talked about AFB’s influence in the agricultural industry over the course of its hundred-year existence - a milestone celebrated at this year’s event. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“When you look back over the beginning days or during the Roosevelt-era, World War II - coming up though - there is example after example where our grassroots started an issue and got the job done,” Moore said, citing the expediency in which the 2018 Farm Bill was passed as the most recent instance that AFB and its members flexed its political muscle. “Process, particularly in Washington, is important and it sets a tone. Going into this Farm Bill, there were a lot of folks speculating on whether or not we were even going to get a Farm Bill and how this would all work out… and it got done pretty quick. I think agriculture once again proved that we can deliver the votes.”
For Moore, getting the 2018 Farm Bill across the finish line on time was a significant win for the entire ag industry. However, he admits that his members and stakeholders throughout the industry are eager to move passed the ongoing government shutdown in order to see the policies outlined in the bill put into action.
“We’re anxious for this furlough situation in the federal government to get back up and running so that Secretary Perdue can get his team to work implementing that bill,” he remarked.
Also being held up in addition to the Farm Bill, is movement in the process to finalize a revised Waters of the United States rule. Once the government reopens, the new WOTUS rule proposal will be submitted to the Federal Register, at which time the clock starts on a public comment period. Moore says that he and his team are gearing up for this next step in the process - mobilizing AFBF members and allies across the country to prepare comments for submission and review in hopes that decision-makers in DC are compelled to approve the new rule in an overwhelming wave of positive public opinion.
“WOTUS has kind of been pulled back and now we’re looking at this new rule coming out. Again, the government shutdown has had an impact on that,” he said. “But, we are really looking forward to ramping up and getting these comments in to show this rule really (reflects the needs of farmers and landowners).”
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