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Tax Reform Comments

Congress is starting to get serious about tax reform. Both the President and leaders in Congress say they want to develop a tax reform plan this fall. Now is the time for the state's Congressional delegation to get involved. It is also time for farmers to tell Congress to reform the tax code so that it is simpler, more transparent, revenue neutral and fair to family farmers. Click here to submit comments today!


Emergency Relief/CR

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 601 by a vote of 316 – 90, a bill that includes emergency funding relief, extends the debt ceiling and funds a continuing resolution (CR). The bill contains $15.2 billion in emergency funding relief. Additionally, the bill extends the debt ceiling and funds the government through Dec. 8. The bill now moves to the president who said he would sign the bill into law.


Labor Survey Request

Farmers are being asked to participate in updating the 2012 North Carolina Farm and Forestry Labor Survey. North Carolina Farm Bureau conducted the first survey 5 years ago to assess the difficulty farmers have in securing a stable, reliable farm labor force, including the amount of red tape it takes to bring migrant workers to farms. The results of the first survey had a tremendous impact on lawmakers. Farmers now have a window of opportunity with this Administration to work on a viable guest worker program for agriculture. But, we need a timely update from farmers as we push for federal reform. Please click here and complete the survey by Oct. 1.


Congressional Scorecard Online

In order to share the voting record of members of Congress on the key issues affecting farmers, ranchers and rural communities, Farm Bureau recently launched a Congressional Scorecard and Voting Record website application. The custom website application will track key issues and congressional votes. As key votes are recorded, AFBF will maintain scores and calculate the percentage at which each member voted in favor of AFBF's position on key issues.


HIT Tax

The Health Insurance Tax (HIT Tax) increases health insurance costs for farmers and other small businesses by imposing a levy on the net premiums of health insurance companies. This added yearly cost of about $500 per family is passed on to consumers who obtain their health insurance through the fully insured market. There is currently a one-year moratorium on the collection of the HIT. Repeal of the HIT tax was contained in the House passed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now that the path to ACA repeal is blocked, hill efforts have turned to extending the moratorium of the collection of the HIT Tax. Action is needed soon because insurance companies are in the process formulating their premiums for next year. Several legislative vehicles are being considered but tax reform legislation is not one of them because action is not expected quickly enough. The "Stop the HIT" coalition of which Farm Bureau is a member is organizing in-district round tables in strategic districts with the goal of boosting support for action on the HIT tax.


Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

The Texas Farm Bureau has established a relief fund to address the agricultural losses inflicted by Hurricane Harvey. Texas Farm Bureau's Agriculture Research and Education Foundation established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Tax-deductible donations to this fund will be dispersed via an application process directly to the farmers and ranchers affected by the hurricane. The area declared as a disaster contains about 1.2 million cattle, which is roughly 27 percent of the state's cowherd. The cotton crop on the Texas Gulf Coast is expected to be reduced by as much as 400,000 bales, according to estimates from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation: http://texasfarmbureau.org/texas-farm-bureau-hurricane-harvey-relief-effort/


NC's Blacklands Treasure

A new book available now highlights North Carolina's Blacklands Treasure by telling "the story of the determined, steadfast and downright stubborn pioneers who turned this seeming wasteland into a bountiful breadbasket." Northeastern North Carolina's Blacklands are home to some of the most productive farmland in the USA. Throughout much of its history, however, this region's murky swamps and impenetrable wilderness defeated many who tried to tame it. (252) 480-0755. www.pamlicoandalbemarle.com


Farmers Market Week

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue proclaimed Aug. 6-13 to be National Farmers Market Week. Perdue's proclamation marks the 18th year the U.S. Department of Agriculture has supported local farmers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from, the farmers and other vendors at their local farmers markets. Farmers markets and other direct farm marketing outlets contribute approximately $9 billion each year to the U.S. economy. Throughout the week, thousands of U.S. farmers markets will highlight the range of produce, fruit, meat, dairy and specialty products available from their local and regional farmers.


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