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Priority Issues

Issues That Matter

Michigan Farm Bureau’s positions and actions are based on organizational policies adopted by members annually at the local, state and national levels. Every member has an opportunity to participate and voice concerns about issues important to their farm and Michigan’s food and agriculture industry.

Following are several briefs to help you become familiar with our current areas of focus. 

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Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Farm Bureau policy encourages the state’s agriculture department to be proactive, focus on core programs and eliminate redundancies where possible. We support investment in resources through the budget process for industry research, workforce development and diagnostics, all while ensuring essential services are maintained. Especially in a time of economic recovery, inspections and licensing services are paramount to agriculture-based businesses and to the safety of Michigan residents.

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2022 Elections

To ensure agriculture is represented in the political process, Michigan Farm Bureau strongly encourages member participation in elections at all levels. MFB’s grassroots political action committee, AgriPac, focuses on electing Friends of Agriculture by evaluating and endorsing candidates seeking federal or state office whose positions are compatible with MFB policies, regardless of party affiliation.

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2023 Farm Bill

In partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, Michigan Farm Bureau, working with its members, seeks to identify proposals for inclusion in the 2023 Farm Bill. MFB will work to ensure farmers continue to have the tools necessary to navigate uncertainty, fight diseases and pests, grow markets and conserve our land.

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Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program

Farm Bureau supports proactive, voluntary efforts on farms to promote environmental stewardship and minimize potential pollution risks through programs like the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). We support continued funding and growth of MAEAP, through which farmers receive technical assistance for adopting and strengthening conservation practices and risk mitigation plans.

Farm workers harvesting asparagus.

Labor Reform

We support legislative reform that provides short- and long-term access to a legal and stable agricultural workforce. Reform must address a solution for the current workforce and an updated guest worker program that will provide a future flow of agricultural workers for seasonal and year-round positions.

Launching in 2022, the American Farm Trail app gives farmers a free way to showcase their agritourism venues and connect with consumers.

Right to Farm

Farm Bureau supports Michigan’s Right to Farm Act, which provides nuisance protection that allows all sectors of commercial agriculture to utilize existing and new technologies through adoption of generally accepted management practices. Our member-developed policy states the law should not be weakened or jeopardized by including practices that are not integral or directly related to farming.

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Infrastructure

We support efforts to enhance our state’s infrastructure including energy expansion, broadband access and transportation network improvements. Many farms and agricultural businesses are in underserved areas and lack adequate broadband and natural gas access, which can inhibit growth—as can roads and bridges that are in poor condition or closed.

An estimate from June put the total losses for agriculture from shipping delays at $1.5 billion.

Trade

Farm Bureau continuously works to defend and expand trade opportunities for Michigan agriculture. We advocate for fair and open trade and support initiatives that: open new markets or expand existing ones, assist producers impacted by retaliatory tariffs, eliminate non-tariff trade barriers, protect farmers from unfair trade practices and more.

Regulatory Reform

We support rulemaking process reforms to ensure that federal regulations are supported by science and created transparently, while identifying opportunities that improve farmers’ ability to remain productive and competitive.

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Climate

Our policy supports voluntary, incentive-based tools and technical assistance to help maximize carbon sequestration and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This includes private sector greenhouse gas markets, incentives for climate-smart practices, incentives for energy savings and on-farm energy production, and other tools that promote economic prosperity for our members.

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