Priority Polices 2018
Agriculture Water Use
The statewide surface water assessment is nearing completion and a detailed basin report will be released to public this winter. SC Farm Bureau believes sound science should guide the General Assembly and stakeholders in water policy decision making. SC Farm Bureau will place the budget request by Clemson University relating to Water Resource Research, Management, and Technology – 2 million recurring and Facility Renovation for Water Research – 7 million non-recurring as a priority request for fiscal year 18-19.
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.
Livestock Permitting Reform
Poultry is South Carolina’s top agricultural product; however, due to unfriendly hurdles in the permitting process, South Carolina poultry growers are at a disadvantage to neighboring states. Growers are often faced with the uncertainty of a permitting process when building new poultry houses or attempting to expand their current operation.