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District 6 Policy Resolutions
The following district 6 resolutions were approved by members at the county Annual Meeting
District 6 includes: Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, St. Clair, Sanilac and Tuscola County Farm Bureaus
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We support: • In person voting unless an absentee ballot is necessary. We oppose: • Electronic forms of voting.
We support: • The use of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) for commercial purposes (i.e. agriculture, forestry, and other natural resource use) • Requiring the operator of the UAS to gain the consent of the landowner and/or operator, if the UAS will be surveying or gathering data about the landowner's property below navigable airspace • The regulation of UASs as recreational aircraft We oppose: • A federal and state agency using UASs for the purpose of regulatory enforcement, litigation and as a sole source for natural resource inventories used in planning efforts • UASs surveying and gathering data without the consent of the landowner and/or operator below navigable airspace • FAA and/or state agency regulations of UASs as fixed-winged aircraft. (AFBF 165)
The livestock industry including dairy and other agricultural areas need a stable experienced workforce that allows for year-round availability. A worker program or work VISA needs to be a minimum of 2-3 year time frame, with renewable provisions every 2-3 years as long as the person is in good standing. These workers need an expedited pathway to citizenship after successfully completing the initial 2-3 year time frame. An employer "sponsored" citizenship program could be a viable option for a citizenship process. Any current undocumented workers in good standing with employers need an avenue to gain proper documentation.
As a way of providing better uniformity to real property tax assessments, we believe the following language needs to be added to the taxation policy, line 48 after "purposes": Continuing education qualifications for assessors should be on a proportional basis to the types of classified property within that taxing jurisdiction.
Add a new bullet after line 106: • Based on burdensome regulator rules, we support easing federal and state regulations on community banking to assure the survival of these vital rural institutions. Safe and sound banks should be able to meet the needs of rural customers without needless government competition or regulations.
Add a new bullet after line 161: • Sometimes there are instances where farmer-to-farmer livestock sales take place and RFID tags are not available on the farm of origin. To allow for the sale of livestock in these situations, we support farmer-to-farmer sale of RFID tags as long as records are maintained, premise IDs are recorded, and records are turned into the state.
Add the following language after line 178: In an effort to help prevent the spread of disease to other animal agriculture, we support changes to the animal at-large law to include a definition of livestock identical to the definition of animal livestock in the Animal Industry Act PA 344. Currently small farm animals, including fowl, are not included in animal at-large laws. To prevent the spread of disease, it must be a priority to contain these animals to one’s own personal property.
In an effort to educate appropriate local officials about common agricultural practices, we encourage the County Farm Bureaus to coordinate a regional animal care handling and housing educational event for local animal control officers, law enforcement, emergency responders, and other appropriate local and state officials.
We reaffirm the following language: We oppose inclusion of the term wetlands in the definition of Navigable Waters of the United States, and we further oppose giving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) final authority in matters of wetlands determination.
As a mature industry in Michigan, renewable energy developments continue to benefit from federal and state tax incentives. Going forward, wind and solar developers should compete fairly against other forms of energy without added taxpayer subsidies. Be it resolved that District 6 recommends the following: Policy #94 Taxation (page 122, line 79-80) Remove “as well as windmill and solar power” Policy #46 State Energy Policy (page 55, line 9) Add “excluding windmill and solar power” to the end of the sentence. Policy #46 State Energy Policy (page 55, line 12) Add “excluding windmill and solar power” to the end of the sentence.
Grid-scale solar power developments are incompatible with production agriculture when implemented on productive cropland. District 6 recommends limits on solar panel installations greater than 2 acres in size and supports correct use and valuation of agricultural land in the implementation of renewable energy projects in Michigan.
As Michigan pursues energy infrastructure upgrades, farmers and landowners need additional protection to ensure proper valuation and treatment of agricultural land. District 6 recommends the following changes be made to Policy #80 Land Acquisitions for Public Projects: At line 4, add the following bullet under “We Support” “Direct and verifiable communication informing landowners, in plain language, of projects seeking eminent domain.” At line 12, add the following language at the end of the bullet on lines 9-12: “Prime agricultural land should not have a lower ranking than other types of land when calculating impact statements.” Remove the current bullet on lines 31-33 and replace it with the following text: “We support eminent domain proceedings that affect more than one legislative district should be under the jurisdiction of the state legislature instead of the Michigan Public Service Commission.”
Several wildlife species are causing considerable damage to our area crops. The constant high damage from these critters results in lower returns on our investment and causes replanting in some areas. Be it resolved that District 6 recommends the following steps be taken: • Open hunts on Sandhill Cranes. • An increase from 1 to 2 wild turkeys be taken in the spring and fall hunting seasons.
District 6 supports creating another commodity advisory committee for organic growers.
MFB #21 Michigan Dairy Industry (page 28) During the last decade, the environment for the dairy industry has changed greatly - especially in regard to milk pricing. Dairy farmers have found more unpredictability, smaller margins and longer periods of unprofitable prices. Dairy farms in Michigan - particularly the small and moderate sized farms - have suffered greatly in this environment. We support: 1) The AFBF Dairy Revenue Protection Program, as an insurance option to pair with other available programs. 2) A sound, practical and useful margin protection program to help producers during unprofitable periods. 3) A program that is flexible and helpful to farms of all sizes. 4) A program that is applicable to a farm in any area of the country.
There is a shortage of traditionally trained agriscience/CTE teachers. Programs cannot fill vacancies and new programs cannot open. Our solution is to create a non-certified teacher track that allows people from industry a stream lined track to become a teacher. Currently they have 8 years to get properly certified. We support increasing that number to 10. Also, in order to fast track these individuals we propose changing the certification curriculum to look primarily on teaching skills such as classroom management, creating lesson plans, and other class skills. Individuals working in the industry have the background knowledge in agriculture to teach skills and knowledge of content area relevant to students. These changes would be focused on teacher certification for CTE teachers only. As in line with current farm bureau policy, we must also push for the inclusion of CTE programs to fulfill graduations requirements and soundly support the current changes to Michigan merit curriculum that allow this. Currently, these changes are on sunset and can be changed. Agriscience, Food and Natural Resources Education and The FFA Organization – Line 62 (MFB pg 46) Due to lack of qualified people willing to lead these programs, Farm Bureau supports AFNRE emergency certification programs and creation of a streamlined process for annually authorized AFNRE educators to become fully certified. Emphasis will be placed on teacher education course work, and allow an extended time limit from 8 to 10 years to fulfill certification requirements. Agriscience, Food and Natural Resources Education and The FFA Organization – Line 68 (MFB pg 46) We encourage consideration be given to student loan payoff or scholarship programs to help promote AFNRE programs through private and public partnerships. Student loan payoff should use years of teaching as a qualification of the program.
Add a new bullet at Line 4 under “We support:” •Agriculture exemption, sales and use tax being based upon the use of the product.
We oppose: •Spot zoning for solar panels •Allowing solar panels on land enrolled in PA116 (SA 77)
We support: •Land zoned agriculture remaining in production agriculture use.
We support the concept of an inmate work/vocational training program in cooperation or partnership with Michigan Works or other educational institutions, such as ISD or colleges. This could provide non-violent inmates the skills and employment to be re-introduced to the work force through the agricultural industry.