Issue Insights

Developed by the Tennessee Farm Bureau Public Policy Division, issue insights aim to further educate members and lawmakers on relevant and notable topics.

EPA Denies Petitions for Small Refinery Exemptions

On September 14, 2020, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is denying petitions for small refinery exemptions for so-called “gap-filling” petitions (gap waivers) for the 2011-18 compliance years.

Farm Bill Programs at Risk Without Immediate CCC Replenishment

Since 1987, the Commodity Credit Corporation has been replenished annually at $30 billion to fund many programs farmers rely on, including reviewing the Commodity Credit Corporation’s Borrowing Authority. Because CCC funds were used to help farmers and ranchers impacted by retaliatory tariffs and COVID-19 through the Market Facilitation Program and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, respectively, some in Congress are considering not immediately reimbursing the CCC via the expected continuing resolution to extend government funding.

Pandemic Results in Record Farm-to-Retail Price Spreads in Beef and Pork

AFBF'S Market Intel series has examined the impact that COVID-19 has had on livestock, beef and pork markets over the course of the pandemic. There was a sharp increase in the wholesale value of beef and pork that coincided with a rapid decline in the value of live animals, creating a record “live-to-cutout-spread,” which is the difference between the price that is paid for the live animal and the wholesale price of the processed animal product.

Negotiated Cattle Trade

In recent months, there have been many conversations about how cattle are and should be marketed in the United States. Some discussions have focused...

Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling

Farm Bureau has supported country of origin labeling for a variety of agricultural products.  Farm Bureau supported the U.S. Trade Representative’s efforts to defend...

Processor Inspection and Capacity

Capacity Food production has been significantly disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially at livestock processing facilities, where labor shortages and worker protection measures are slowing...