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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Local ResolutionWashtenaw County Farm Bureau supports efforts to preserve farmland in Washtenaw County without infringing on property rights of farmers.
039-Educational ReformsIn order to improve agricultural literacy in the schools, we encourage Farm Bureau members to contact school board members in their communities in show of support of Ag Education programs. Also, to contact the person in charge of curriculum development in their school district to determine what, if any, program is in place or planned to integrate agricultural literacy concepts into a K-12 program of general instruction.
Local ResolutionWashtenaw County Farm Bureau supports a Washtenaw County Road Commission budget, which allocates more funds for actual road maintenance and improvement and less for administration.
Local ResolutionWe resolve that Washtenaw County Farm Bureau direct Washtenaw County sheriff's department to warn property owners that are using slow-moving vehicle signs for purposes other than slow-moving vehicles, remove them from public view.
041-Michigan State University 4-H youth programs provide valuable educational opportunities for rural and urban youth. Our programs in Washtenaw County continue to expand both in numbers of youth and the types of clubs offered. It is far better to develop the talents of youth than to have to punish the misdeeds of juveniles. We, the members of Farm Bureau, strongly support 4-H.
070-Agricultural DrainageIf a person/developer breaks/crushes tile so your land is not properly drained, it is their responsibility to open/replace within a month so you can continue your farming.
083-Resource RecoveryWith estimates of 30-40% of our food supply being discarded in our society, we suggest national and state incentives should be created to repurpose food waste. For example, food banks, homeless shelters, animal feed, anaerobic digestors or even fertilizer, would be some possibilities.
039-Educational ReformsWe recognize a strong trend, locally and nationwide, toward healthier living. Sometimes the message generates a negative impression of agriculture overall, and especially conventional agriculture. We encourage MFB to continue to engage the public in general, and educators (both primary and secondary) in particular, in discussions about the full spectrum of agricultural practices, from small backyard operations to large modern farms. Continued interaction and communication are essential, and demonstrate the shared goals of all farmers - to produce a safe, healthy, food supply, and to do so in ways that offer variety and affordability.
 Throughout the last couple of years the agricultural industry has taken a large amount of the blame for the water quality issues directly linked to the algae bloom in Western Lake Erie. The issue, according to the media, environmental groups, and some of the public, is said to stem from the tributaries entering the Lake where high loads of Agriculture applied phosphorus and nitrates are flowing into the lake from crop and/or livestock farming operations. These groups also neglect to look at the other sources of phosphorus inputs into the Lake such as Zebra Mussels, other environmental factors, and municipalities. However, while these issues need to be discussed the agricultural industry cannot join in on this finger pointing but recognize that there is a problem and that although we are part of it we can also be part of the solution. Therefore Let it be resolved that the Michigan Farm Bureau should urge more farmers and others in the agricultural industry to do their part and incorporate certain practices to help mitigate the nutrient overload in Lake Erie. More Potential Farmers should become MAEAP verified so that they can show that they are following specific practices and programs that will make their farms environmentally friendly. Farmers that are not currently using grid/zone soil sampling and/or Variable Rate Fertilizer Technology should look into the economic and environmental benefits that these technologies will bring to their farming operations. Livestock farmers should follow Generally Accepted Agricultural Practices (GAAMPS) for Manure Management and Utilization. More acres should be enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program around ditches and streams to decrease the amount of nutrient runoff on fields. Additionally, agricultural retailers should look into becoming certified in the 4R program demonstrating that they are providing the Right Product, Right Rate at the Right Time, and in the Right Place. Finally, we support sound scientific research when it comes to the impacts of Agriculture on the Lake Erie Watershed.
536-Proprietary DataNew equipment is often controlled by digital locks which limit the ability to make do-it-yourself repairs. Currently data locks are protected by a copyright law and breaking a data lock is in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright act of 1198 (DMC). We support an agricultural exemption for farm repairs on farm equipment protected by the DMC.
084-Usda Conservation ProgramsWe support adding the following language to MFB policy #80, Michigan Natural Resources Conservation Service, by forming a new bullet point: - NRCS must establish deadlines for determinations and appeals, and must be held accountable.
 Farmers are often frustrated when they are confronted by insurance adjusters who have little or no knowledge of modern agriculture. We believe that insurance adjusters from all companies doing business with farmers have a working knowledge of farming, farm equipment and structures, and farm products. We urge Farm Bureau Insurance to seek out adjusters with knowledge of modern agriculture practices.
Local ResolutionThe Washtenaw County Farm Bureau recommends that the Washtenaw County Road Commission should mow intersections as needed throughout the year. This is important for both safety and visibility.
091-TaxationDespite the implementation of Proposal A, Michigan farmland is still taxed at one of the highest tax rates in the country. Be it resolved that we support any efforts to have agriculture land taxed on its current use value, not on its best and highest potential value.
082-Private Property RightsAll surveys shall be required to show existing, apparent property lines such as fences, ect. This will hopefully resolve potential property line disputes with the first sale, and not allow the dispute to pass to the final army of homeowners.
091-TaxationEarmarked money generated in special MILLAGE elections (such as roads, fire or police protection) should not be used to replace existing General Fund expenditures already designated for the purpose. New MILLAGE designated for special purposes should be added to existing General Fund expenditures for the duration of the special MILLAGE. This would help control the practice of conducting a MILLAGE for one purpose, when the intended use of the extra money is in truth, for another unpopular purpose.
525-Land OwnershipGovernment owns massive acreages of land that is farmable. When government forces land out of production with declarations of wetlands, endangered species, or desire for recreational uses, government should in turn see like acreages back to farmers for production purposes.
094-Farm And Commercial VehiclesWe urge MDOT to develop a zone or regional system to enforce frost laws, instead of a county system, to improve the transportation of goods to rural areas more efficiently and effectively, while reducing the confusion for logistic companies.
062-Health• Add a line under, we support: o That all nutritionist and dietitians to be licensed in the state of Michigan. • Background: Michigan repealed the licensing required in 2014 and now anyone can call themselves a nutritionist.
080-Nonpoint Source Pollution And Watershed ManagementAdd a new line under we oppose (line 174): - We oppose the adoption of local septic ordinances.