2019 Priority Policy Policies
Priority Policy Preamble:
There is an issue that transcends all levels of government in the US. It is an issue that affects our security as a nation and our very livelihood as farmers: farm land and farm operation protection. To continue to feed and clothe the nation, farmers must have protection from 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. The US public is generally oblivious to all the threats facing agriculture and we must depend on our elected officials to engage and save the farm.
We encourage all County Farm Bureau Chapters to have their membership engaged in County and Local Government. We also encourage the County Farm Bureaus to share their local government activities among the membership of other County Farm Bureaus as well as the State office.
We recommend the ongoing work of water inventories, water planning, legislation pertaining to water as well as Dams and Reservoirs be given high priority.
The National Legislative Committee recommends to the SC Farm Bureau Board of directors that the following issues be priority 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