January 18, 2023
Photos by Holly Spangler
The American Farm Bureau Federation held its 104th annual convention in early January, in sunny San Juan, Puerto Rico. Nearly 5,000 Farm Bureau members flocked to the island to soak up the sun, learn about Puerto Rican agriculture and vote on policy.
Among the changes the more than 330 delegates ratified during the resolution session were amendments intended to expand risk management programs and improve dairy pricing, and in a move that surprised no one, they formally opposed the Waters of the U.S. rule introduced by the Biden administration in late 2022.
They also added language supporting a farm bill that will include expanded baseline funding, more flexible disaster relief programs and protection for additional specialty crops. They added new policy to support expanded access to nutrition programs that would connect farms directly with food banks, which would make produce available in food-scarce areas.
Read more on delegate decisions: Farm Bureau lays out priorities.
Click through the slideshow for a look at award winners, Puerto Rican farms and more.
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