INTERVIEW: American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall
American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall visits with Iowa farmers and Ag leaders this week. This is the 43rd state Duvall has visited so far. Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill says Duvall was impressed with Iowa’s productivity.
“If you look at Iowa on a square mile basis, we are the number one agricultural state in terms of receipts per square mile. We don’t have the geography that California has. They are ranked number one but in terms of square miles there is no-one that outproduces Iowa.”
After being elected, Duvall was determined to visit every state to learn about their Ag economy. The first concern Duvall says he has heard is the farm bill and what direction we are going.
“We understand crop insurance is important to them. At American Farm Bureau, we understand crop insurance is the cornerstone of the farm bill and safety net. It is the most-used risk management tool in that program. We want to make sure congress continues to fund it like they have in the past.”
Duvall encouraged farmers to “get engaged” speaking to around 150 Iowa Farm Bureau members Thursday. The organization hosted the 2017 Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit in Ames.