Erie County Farm Bureau Policies For 2016-2017
Accepted policies adopted August 31, 2016
We the members of the Erie County Farm Bureau resolve…
- We support continuance of farmers’ markets to support consumption of locally grown foods for county residents; including the health department's proposal including 'Rx' paid for by the health department.
- We support the county health department’s efforts to establish additional local detoxification facilities for rehabilitation of those with drug and alcohol problems.
- We support the creation of a local in-patient facility to deal with drug addiction, substance abuse, and mental health illnesses.
- We support continued testing by the Erie County Health Department, at a county water testing lab in Erie County, for e-coli/sewage and other contamination in tributaries to Lake Erie in relationship to harmful algal blooms.
- We support, at least, partial restoration of local government funds; especially for townships.
- We would encourage a local organization to locate grant money to maintain, repair, upgrade and provide education on rural on-site waste systems.
- Since Ohio has a high infant mortality rate we support education programs to address this concern.
- We support reducing the deer population by increasing the bag limit and increasing the length of the hunting season.
- We support drug testing for receiving government assistance.
- We support increased funding for drug, alcohol, and mental illness education and rehabilitation.
- We support local control of all county jails and not against privatization.
- We support permanent income tax incentives for donated conservation and agricultural easements.
- We support continuation of the estate tax exemption of five million dollars and total exemption for a continuing family farming operation.
- We support the continued non-taxation of life insurance policies.
- We support the opportunity of healthy food choices in the school lunch program.
- We oppose changes to the definition of Waters of the U.S. and support deregulation of wetlands to the pre 1985 conditions.
- We support a requirement that persons, with no dependents and are able bodied, must be working or be receiving job training to qualify for food stamps.