There is an issue that rises above all levels of government in the United States. This issue affects our security as a nation and our livelihood as farmers: protecting our farms and farmland. In order to continue to feed and clothe the nation, farmers must have protection from the effects of urban sprawl, including nonreciprocal setbacks, burdensome regulation and reactionary economic policies.
The United States has had a long-standing public policy promoting the importance of agriculture as the foundation of a free and prosperous nation. Those who do not have a direct connection to agriculture may not understand all that threatens modern agriculture, so we must depend on our elected officials to engage and be aware of these issues.
We encourage all Farm Bureau members to become involved in county and local government, and to share their involvement and activities with the membership of other county Farm Bureaus and the state Farm Bureau office.
We recommend the ongoing work of water inventories, water planning and legislation pertaining to water and dams and reservoirs be given high priority.
The following issues are priorities for Congress in 2019:
- Farm Bill
- Hurricane Relief
- Ag Labor – Access to legal farm labor/adjustment of status
- Taxes – incentive program to be made permanent for agriculture