Public Policy Positions Set by Farm Bureau Delegates
(NAFB)--Voting delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th Annual Meeting have approved resolutions that will provide the organization with authority from its grassroots members to push Congress toward the goal line on unfinished issues like the farm bill and ag labor. Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman - who was re-elected to his eighth two-year term as the organization’s president - says securing victories on those issues is critical to the competitiveness of individual farmers and ranchers - and to the nation’s success as a food producer. On the farm labor front - delegates reaffirmed strong support for meaningful ag labor reforms that ensure farmers and ranchers have access to workers when they are needed. They also voted to support flexibility that would allow the employment of workers by more than one farmer. Delegates reaffirmed Farm Bureau’s policy on the farm bill - overwhelmingly determining that now is not the time to make changes.
On dairy-related farm bill issues - delegates reaffirmed policy supporting changes to the dairy safety net - including margin insurance programs. On another livestock-related issue - delegates maintained support for country of origin labeling - and reiterated it needs to be compliant with World Trade Organization rules.
Delegates also adopted new policy that supports the use of unmanned aircraft systems for commercial agricultural, forestry and other natural resource purposes; approved new policy supporting the protection of proprietary data collected from farmers and maintaining that such data should remain their property; and reaffirmed their support for the Renewable Fuel Standard and approved a policy supporting renewable fuels tax incentives for the production of biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol and installation of blender pumps.
The policies approved at the annual meeting will guide the organization throughout 2014.