Giving Michigan agriculture a voice
Throughout the year, Michigan Farm Bureau members and policy staff work to implement the grassroots policies established by the membership at the Annual Meeting. Here are just a few of the many Farm Bureau successes:
Opposing an Overreaching Large Livestock Permit
Farm Bureau and many partnering stakeholders continue to combat government overreach through a legal challenge of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s permit for large livestock operations.
Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)
Farm Bureau advocated for legislation to extend the sunset on the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), maintaining the current fee structure, statewide focus of the program, and ensuring the program will remain voluntary.
Online Farm Plate Renewal
Farm Bureau supported legislation, approved in 2021, requiring the Secretary of State to provide online renewals for farm, special farm, log or milk plates at no extra charge. Previously, only mail-in renewals were available.
Michigan Animal Agriculture Alliance
Funding for the Michigan Animal Agriculture Alliance was secured at $3 million in the 2021-22 state budget. Supported by Farm Bureau, the appropriations is critical to the livestock sector for collaborative research impacting daily production.
2023 Farm Bill
The member-driven Farm Bill Taskforce has been meeting to begin shaping how the organization will influence development of the 2023 Farm Bill.
Academy for Political Leadership
The third class of the Academy for Political Leadership graduated with seven county Farm Bureau participants learning about what it takes to run for public office and how to support candidates as campaign staff or volunteers.
Farm Feed Texting Program
10,000 members and supporters made more than 13,400 connections with legislators & regulators through digital action requests, sharing messages and the organization’s position on important agriculture issues.
Thanks to support from commodity organizations and Farm Bureau Funding, the 2021-22 state budget included $3 million for a new grant program focused on innovative and creative ways to address some of agriculture’s biggest challenges.
Western Lake Erie Basin
With Farm Bureau support, the 2021-22 state budget included $25 million for a new pilot project focused on the Western Lake Erie Basin over a 5-year period to monitor and implement best management practices to improve the area’s water quality.
Farm Bureau has continually protected family farms and their ability to pass their farm on from one generation to the next. The organization opposed efforts that would have repealed stepped-up basis or implemented new capital gains taxes.
During the 2019-20 legislative session, Michigan Farm Bureau opposed 30 bills that never moved out of their respective House or Senate committees, and were ultimately abandoned.