Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Just in from Washington

Farm Bureau Presidents Winnow Potential New Policies

Washington--Farm Bureau presidents from all 50 states and Puerto Rico met in Washington, D.C., this week to sort through new policy proposals recommended by members. The results are a report to the voting delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in January. The content of a new farm bill proposal for delegate consideration took center stage during the recent discussion.

Our resolutions committee “worked very hard to come up with a clear direction,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “That clear direction was established around a program called Systemic Risk Reduction, which is a new policy proposal and a new way of providing a safety net for agriculture in an environment where we will not have as many budget dollars.”

Other issues including dairy policy, regulatory issues, immigration, and wild horses and burros also were discussed at the meeting this week.

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