Priority Polices 2017
Tax Reform -- Sales tax exemptions on agricultural input and production purchases are essential and must be protected. With small profit margins and volatile commodity prices, any tax increase poses too great a risk to farmers and their business.
Agriculture Water Use –The statewide surface water assessment is nearing completion and a detailed basin report will be released this winter. SC Farm Bureau believes sound science should guide the General Assembly and stakeholders in water policy decision making. SC Farm Bureau will continue to influence water policies in South Carolina to ensure a fair and adequate water supply for agricultural use.
Dams and Reservoirs – Agriculture ponds are vital tools to the farming operation and added regulations would put a severe strain on farmers. SC Farm Bureau supports reasonable standards concerning the construction, inspection, maintenance, and repairs of all high risk pond dams, dikes, levees and other water impoundment facilities.