"SEATTLE -- The largest U.S. farm group will oppose aggressively 'misguided' climate legislation pending in Congress and fight animal rights activists, said American Farm Bureau Federation president Bob Stallman on Sunday.
In a speech opening the four-day AFBF convention, Stallman said American farmers and ranchers 'must aggressively respond to extremists' and 'misguided, activist-driven regulation ... The days of their elitist power grabs are over.'
Stallman's remarks held a sharper edge than usual for the 6 million-member AFBF, the largest U.S. farm group and often described as the most influential. Its convention opens a string of wintertime meetings where farm groups take positions on public issues."