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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081-Land Use Industry is being forced by the high cost of complying with unnecessarily strict environmental pollution cleanup standards to build new plants on unspoiled farm land rather than reusing sites that have been contaminated by previous industrial use. We urge that environmental standards for these previously used industrial sites be adjusted to take into account the proposed use of the site rather than require that each site to be totally unpolluted. Realistic environmental standards would allow reuse of industrial sites in urban areas maintaining jobs for people living in these areas as well as prevent the loss of farmland to industrial use.
091-Wildlife Management Urban areas already deal with a large array of destructive wildlife. Urban dwellers and animal control should not be allowed to relocate potentially destructive wildlife to other areas. Be it resolved that the relocation of nuisance wildlife, including but not limited to raccoons, be banned by law.
094-TaxationMichigan is one state that does not tax on current use but on potential use of land. We support legislation that would tax on current use instead of potential use of land.
107-Political Action ProgramAs our full time regular membership diminishes and associates pay a lot of our bills, be it resolved that at our state annual meeting, each county continues to get a delegate for each 100 regular members, and one delegate for each 300 associate members.
378-Plant and Animal Infections and InfestationsWe support the removal of the plant disease Ralstonia from the federal Select Agent List when use of this disease is for research purposes.
076-Environmental Protection and Authority The state of Michigan has a goal of MAEAP verification for 100% of farms in Michigan MAEAP verification requires many special use buildings and structures. These structures are then subject to being included in assessments of the farms for property tax purposes. We encourage the exemption of these structures from being included in assessments on MAEAP verified farms.