Proposed policy resolutions approved by delegates at the county annual meeting

View the resolutions below that were approved at the county annual and submitted to the state policy development committee to be considered at the Michigan Farm Bureau annual meeting. 

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TitlePolicy
003-Animal CareAdd a line under we oppose We oppose legislation that grants rights to animals or legislates how animals are cared for
063-HealthUnder we support That all nutritionist and dietitians to be licensed in the state of Michigan
462-Role of USDA1. The current technology systems that the FSA uses is out of date. All technology and data systems for the FSA should be rebuilt to be able to integrate farm data from the grower to the agency. Streamlining and updating would enhance FSA & Farmer relationships and increase time use and efficiency on both sides. 2. The FSA should also consider Farmer input on system design from various commodity groups to construct new data and computer systems that take into account differences in land, data, and farm management from the numerous commodities covered that give them flexibility and accuracy in their programs. 3. There should be additional training requirements for FCIC agents that include overall communication skills with growers, technology training, clarity, as well as realistic expectations and common sense when working with growers.
136-General Labor IssuesImproving the H2A program for all facets of agriculture through streamlining the program and making it easier for growers to bring in the help they need. Ideally, H2A employees could move between certain predesignated farms if necessary to allow for a more flexible workforce to supplement our diminishing domestic workforce.
 1. Create incentives for small processors to increase the total number of processors and competition within the industry. 2. More processing capacity is needed in the industry with greater transparency as well as overall competition within the marketplace to provide consumers with more options.
086-USDA Conservation ProgramsAllow specialty crop growers that have alleyways to be permitted enrollment in NRCS programs to have alleyways included in acreage for cover crop / erosion control / similar programs. (N&I 237)
073-Climate ChangeAs a leading force in Agriculture, Farm Bureau both statewide and nationally should lead the way in the development of a CCM (Carbon Credit Marketplace). Farmers need to be the leading driver to create and shape this marketplace to ensure that methods of carbon sequestration are paid at and equal rate whether previously selling CC or just entering the market. In addition, research and proper guidelines should be developed based on the crops ability to sequester carbon albeit row crops, specialty, tree fruit, or nut. The overall program should be a voluntary checkoff program that is similar in nature to other current checkoffs that are self-funding and benefit the grower.
237-National Conservation and Environmental PolicyAllow specialty crop growers that have alleyways to be permitted enrollment in NRCS programs to have alleyways included in acreage for cover crop / erosion control / similar programs. (ENV 86)