The president of the nation's largest farm organization says the group has urged the Trump administration to go on the offensive and negotiate successful trade deals to help bolster the farm economy. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall told Illinois and other state Farm Bureaus Thursday that deals like a new North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, and bilateral ones with Japan and countries that make up the European Union are needed to move mounting stocks of commodities such as soybeans and corn;
The A-F-B-F leader says the group continues to urge Congress to pass a new federal farm bill before the current one expires at the end of the month;
Duvall says the farm economy was reeling even before the current trade war. He says he hasn't seen the state of agriculture like it is now since the mid-1980s when several farmers exited the business.