December 27, 2012

County Farm Bureau Leaders Take Part in Policy-Making Process

Voting delegates considered a wide range of policy issues at the 98th Missouri Farm Bureau Annual Meeting December 2-4 at the Lake of the Ozarks. The last day of the meeting they finalized policy for 2013. Some of the more important issues on the minds of delegates included the looming "fiscal cliff" and estate tax reform, and a Congressional passage of a new farm bill as soon as possible.

The meeting attracted nearly 1,300 farmers and ranchers, among them farm leaders from the Scotland County Farm Bureau. Delegates selected by the membership not only approved 2013 policy for the organization, but re-elected the President Blake Hurst and four board members. One new board member was also elected.

Scotland County Farm Bureau members who participated in the Missouri Farm Bureau annual meeting include: Bruce Childress, Jeannie Childress, Jodie Jackson, and David Jackson.

Other issues delegates voted to focus on in 2013:

Continue opposition to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal activist groups who want more legislation or rules restricting agricultural production;

Increase flexibility for schools participating in the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs, including eliminating mandatory calorie limits and limits on lean meat protein and dairy;

Enact legislation re-establishing the Career and Technical Education Board and authorizing the board to administer career and technical education programs;

Allow state and local governments to collect sales tax on internet sales by out-of-state sellers;

Increase transparency in the state ballot initiative process by requiring a public hearing or independent review of proposed ballot initiatives by the Joint Committee on Legislative Research prior to final approval of ballot language by the Secretary of State;

Congress should retain control of the national debt and only increase the debt ceiling in the event of a national emergency and with the approval of a two-thirds vote in both chambers.

Missouri Farm Bureau's complete 2013 policy will be posted online at mofb.org.

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