Duvall discusses shipping reform and procurement challenges with President Biden

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall spoke with President Biden today to discuss several challenges facing farmers and ranchers and the importance of final congressional action on the Ocean Shipping Reform Act to address the backlog in our ports.

“I had a good discussion with President Biden today on several issues, including the importance of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act to American farmers and ranchers. He agreed wholeheartedly that we need to overcome the bottleneck in our ports to get America moving again and that means breaking the stalemate on Capitol Hill. The President thanked farmers and ranchers for weighing in on the need for reform and I assured him that we will continue to press for passage of a final bill now that both houses of Congress endorsed versions of it with overwhelming bipartisan support.

“Ongoing supply chain issues and record shipping costs have limited agricultural exports at a time when our trading partners need us more than ever. As I told the President today, estimates suggest we have lost over $25 billion in agricultural exports over the past six months due to shipping constraints. This is unacceptable.

“America’s farmers and ranchers need the House and the Senate to work together and get this bill across that finish line and make our shipping system more competitive and efficient so we can keep putting dinner on the table for families in America and abroad.

“We also discussed the uncertainty that farmers and ranchers are facing with limited supplies and soaring prices for fuel and fertilizer needed to grow food. President Biden assured me that he knew farmers were hurting and he wanted to know more. He invited me to bring people to the White House so we can roll up our sleeves and work together to address the challenges facing farmers and ranchers.

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