Issue Summary: Tax reform legislation passed by Congress will increase agriculture production and alleviate undue burdens such as the costly estate tax. However, it also eliminated Section 199 deduction used by domestic producers. Support federal policies to increase domestic energy production, reduce U.S. manufacturing costs, and promote development and use of renewable fuels. Free and fair trade of agricultural products, equipment, and crop input materials (pesticides, fertilizers, seeds) creates opportunities for the benefit of American agribusinesses and farmers. The current H-2A ag guest worker visa program is broken and only available for part of the agricultural industry.
ARA Position: Support a fix to the tax reform package reinstating the Domestic Production Activities Deduction (DPAD), otherwise known as the Section 199 deduction. Support domestic energy production, and fair-trade agreements, including NAFTA. Support a new, usable guest worker visa program that works for all of American agriculture.