American Farm Bureau President Shares Insights at CropLife America Winter Board Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC – Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, shared his insights into the future of farming in the U.S. during the Board and Allies dinner at the 2017 CropLife America (CLA) Winter Board Meeting this week. Zippy, a poultry, cattle, and hay producer from Greene County, Georgia, is an advocate not only for farmers but for the agriculture community at large. His experience in Georgia included serving as a member of the Agriculture Advisory Committee under former Georgia Governor and current nominee for Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, whom he considers a close friend.

Duvall shared, “Farm Bureau and CropLife America both want a predictable, efficient and science-based regulatory system for registering the pesticides farmers need to be productive and feed our country. I look forward to discussing our shared goals in the months to come.”

“We sincerely thank Zippy for speaking with our Board members and remain grateful for our continuous steadfast partnership with AFBF,” stated Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. “We are both eager for the Senate to confirm Governor Perdue as USDA Secretary so that we can get to work and start making progress on our priorities for U.S. farmers. Growers need access to the best available crop protection tools, and our companies need a reliable and predictable regulatory system to make investments in farming technology. The nation now has an opportunity to recommit to the American farmer; let’s take advantage of this exciting time and move U.S ag forward!”

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Michael Leary