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
038-Agriscience, Food And Natural Resources Education And The FFA OrganizationMichigan needs more Agriscience instructors at the Junior and High School level. There are not enough AgEd graduates to sustain the need in Michigan and across the country. By supporting Emergency Certification, the State of Michigan knows we identify the need and are in support of non-AgEd graduates teaching in our schools. Impact or Cost: Allows schools to continue offering Agriscience Educators if a graduate/certified teacher is not available. Need: Enough AgriScience Educators to supply our Junior and Senior High Schools with quality Agricultural Education. Action: We support the need for AgriScience Education Interim Certification. (EDU 39)
085-Water Use In The Great Lakes BasinThe current Aquifer Conflict & Dispute Resolution, Part 317 of P.A. 451, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), is not designed to protect producers that use high capacity wells. The present conflict resolution process as implemented by MDARD has shown to consistently place full liability for small well failure on the user of the high capacity well: the farmer. These decisions are made with inadequate or nonexistent evidence. Also, there is no system in place to prevent repetitive claims made by the same small well owner against the same farmer. The result of the failure of this dispute resolution process is to consistently deny producers the right to farm using the technology and resources available to irrigate crops. Action: To create a dispute resolution process that is fair to all parties, we support the following additions to the process: • To ensure the availability of quality evidence that the high capacity well in question is at fault, MDARD will certify a number of well drillers to verify complaints. These contracted well drillers would be ineligible to be hired to replace, repair or modify any well they are sent to inspect. • The inspection of the adversely impacted well should determine and record as evidence the following: o The age of the well o Whether or not the well meets state regulations and is registered with the health department o Thorough equipment inspection including the functionality of the pump and motor, check for clogged or collapsed screen, and check for power and casing problems. • Inspection findings will be reported back to MDARD. • MDARD will use the inspection results to determine the percentage of remedial action for which each party is responsible. • Due process. • A statute of limitations on claims, and release from future claims.
082-Private Property RightsFarmers who own land in townships other than where they reside are not eligible to vote on issues that affect their property in those townships. Issues such as county and township services, zoning regulations, and taxation occur without any means for the land owner to officially have their voices heard. Owners of property are expected to comply with all laws and/or regulatons established by the voters and administered by township officials whether they live in the township or not. The costs to the land owner, in effect, are set by others allowing no recourse or legal representation. Farmers should be granted the opportunity to legitimately voice their concerns and vote on issues that affect their property. The Ingham County Farm Bureau recommends a review of property owner rights and responsibilities on land owned where the landowner does not reside.
063-Law EnforcementAs an agricultural community, we stand behind, support, and respect our law enforcement officers. Ingham County Farm Bureau supports: 1. Banning choke holds and use of excessive use of force. 2. Equal treatment of all people.
085-Water Use In The Great Lakes BasinThe Great Lakes Basin represents the largest reserve of fresh water in the world. It is a unique resource that should be utilized in a responsible manner and protected for future generations and the future of Michigan agriculture. Ingham County Farm Bureau supports: Michigan Farm Bureau to create a team to investigate and promote innovative irrigation technology that can improve irrigation efficiency and save farmers water, power and time.
088-Wildlife ManagementWildlife is an important part of Michigan's outdoor heritage and economy. Sound biological science must be used to manage all wildlife populations to maintain proper balance in numbers, reduce damage to property, and control, monitor and test for disease transmission. Ingham County Farm Bureau supports the following: In an effort to have a balanced wildlife population based on the carrying capacity of each region of the state, the Wildlife Action Team supports managing wildlife populations on a regional quota-based system. When quotas are not achieved, additional hunting seasons should be made available or existing seasons extended. We support agency culling/harvest to reduce overpopulation.
039-Educational ReformsWe believe all Michigan children should have an equal opportunity for quality education. Education at all levels must meet the constantly changing needs of society. Ingham County Farm Bureau supports the following: A well-rounded education containing basic curriculum, including college-prep or vocational/technical courses.
080-Nonpoint Source Pollution And Watershed ManagementFarmers, along with other rural and urban residents, are concerned about nonpoint source pollution of Michigan's surface and ground water. Protecting surface and ground-water from contamination is a priority and we recognize agriculture shares the responsibility with many others. Ingham County Farm Bureau supports the following: Establishment of a statewide septic task force consisting of agricultural, rural, urban and statewide geographic representation that should be responsible for developing: - A set of septic system standards including maintenance. - Fair and uniform implementation and enforcement across Michigan. - General public education to increase the understanding of properly constructed an working septic systems. - A standard for inspections and state certification of inspectors. A set of standards for mandatory time of sale inspections.
 When in need of information about farm transportation rules and members call into the Michigan Farm Bureau home office for questions or clarification the employees that answer the phones need to be aware of the different affiliations of Farm Bureau and that Farm Bureau is not just insurance. The employee should be able to direct the member to the right department. It is a disservice to Farm Bureau and the whole organization that the employees are unaware of the many important aspects that Farm Bureau and the organization provides for its members. Ingham County Farm Bureau supports: All Farm Bureau affiliate employees should be aware of the many areas that Farm Bureau is involved in for its members.
084-Usda Conservation ProgramsUSDA should not change compliance policy pertaining to conservation plans without an open comment period. Ingham County Farm Bureau supports the following: Updating planting dates and replanting dates to better reflect variety maturity, growing season length. Land Grant University or processor recommendations, geographic areas and weather conditions. We also support flexibility to allow the secretary of agriculture to adjust planting and harvest dates, with loss protection for changing those dates provided to private companies. All Crop acreage reporting dates should be a minimum of 30 days after the actual planting date. (N&I 237)
039-Educational ReformsMichigan needs more Agriscience instructors at the Junior and High School level. There are not enough AgEd graduates to sustain the need in Michigan and across the country. By supporting Emergency Certification, the State of Michigan knows we identify the need and are in support of non-AgEd graduates teaching in our schools. Impact or Cost: Allows schools to continue offering Agriscience Educators if a graduate/certified teacher is not available. Need: Enough AgriScience Educators to supply our Junior and Senior High Schools with quality Agricultural Education. Action: We support the need for AgriScience Education Interim Certification. (EDU 38)
237-National Conservation and Environmental PolicyUSDA should not change compliance policy pertaining to conservation plans without an open comment period. Ingham County Farm Bureau supports the following: Updating planting dates and replanting dates to better reflect variety maturity, growing season length. Land Grant University or processor recommendations, geographic areas and weather conditions. We also support flexibility to allow the secretary of agriculture to adjust planting and harvest dates, with loss protection for changing those dates provided to private companies. All Crop acreage reporting dates should be a minimum of 30 days after the actual planting date. (ENV 84)