Erie County Farm Bureau Policies For 2017-2018

Accepted policies adopted August 30, 2017

We the members of the Erie County Farm Bureau resolve…

Local/County

  1. We support continuance of farmers' markets to support consumption of locally grown foods for county residents.
  2. We support the county health department’s efforts to establish additional local detoxification facilities for those with drug and alcohol problems.
  3. We support the creation of a local in-patient facility to deal with drug addiction, substance abuse, and mental health illnesses.
  4. We support testing by the Erie County Health Department, at a county water testing lab in Erie County, for e-coli/sewage in tributaries to Lake Erie in relationship to harmful algal blooms.
  5. We support continued funding for Erie County Health Department's Water Pollution Control Fund program to maintain, repair, upgrade and provide education on rural on-site waste systems.
  6. We support implementing a county-wide recycling program.
  7. We support education of bicycle traffic laws and their enforcement.

State

  1. We support, at least, partial restoration of local government funds; especially for townships.
  2. We support reducing the deer population by increasing the bag limit and increasing the length of the hunting season.
  3. We support drug testing for receiving government assistance.
  4. We support increased funding for drug, alcohol, and mental illness education and rehabilitation.
  5. We encourage the state auditors association to increase the dog license's agent fee from 75 cents to $1.00.
  6. We support the continued funding of life saving products (ex. Narcain, etc.) for use by first responders.

National

  1. We support permanent income tax incentives for donated conservation and agricultural easements.
  2. We support continuation of the estate tax exemption of five million dollars and total exemption for a continuing family farming operation.
  3. We support the continued non-taxation of life insurance policies.
  4. We support the opportunity of healthy food choices in the school lunch program.
  5. We support deregulation of wetlands to the pre-1985 conditions.
  6. 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.
  7. We support no reduction in Medicaid funding.