Huron County Farm Bureau Policies For 2016-2017

Accepted policies adopted September 14, 2016

We the members of the Huron County Farm Bureau resolve…

Local/County

  1. We request the removal of limited access signage from the US Route 20 bypass thereby allowing farm machinery to avoid the serious safety risks of other routes through and around Norwalk.
  2. We support local government (i.e. township trustees) and not regional government with 2008 local government funding levels restored.
  3. We support stiffer penalties for crop and property damage done by four-wheelers. We encourage four-wheeler owners to have written permission to be on property that is not their own.
  4. We do not support unfunded mandates.
  5. We recommend state capital improvement money and grants be divided more equally amongst the Ohio counties and communities.
  6. We continue to support the funding for Ohio State University Extension.
  7. We support an income tax base for school levies with a reduction in real estate taxes.
  8. We support better vegetative control along roadways and encourage earlier mowing in the summer, to especially avoid safety risks of impaired vision at intersections and crossings.
  9. We support improving the CAUV (current agricultural use value) formula.
  10. We support the centralized dispatch program that is being presented at this time in Huron County to help save lives and property.

State

  1. We are opposed to new regulations on water usage in Ohio.
  2. We encourage that any private property being considered taken for public use, that the property owners should be notified by certified mail and have it be signed by the receiver.
  3. We recommend State Capital Improvement money and grants be divided more equally amongst the Ohio counties and communities.
  4. We encourage drug testing for unemployment and family assistance (former welfare) recipients and if the test is positive then they lose that benefit; without sending them to rehabilitation.
  5. We strongly oppose adding any more counties to the OD districts; beyond the four counties that are currently in the state trustee district.
  6. We support the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board and oppose animal rights groups such as HSUS, PETA, and MFA.
  7. We request more local control for Ohio school boards rather than mandates from the state board of education.
  8. We request a permanent funding method of funding 911 in Ohio. We strongly suggest extending the wireless surcharge to all technologies accessing 911 lines (i.e., wireless, VOIP, cable, and landline).
  9. We support local government NOT regional government.
  10. We support the elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the Federal Transportation Board (FTB). We believe that they have exceeded their statutory authority or refuse responsibility to fulfill their roles in public interest.
  11. We support removing Ohio from the national health care system.
  12. We support the streamlining of the Ohio Department of Transportation.
  13. We support standard Department of Transportation (DOT) weight laws in Ohio.
  14. We support the investigation of amending the Ohio Revised Code (Section 5589-08) in regards to steel wheels on traction engines for township, county and state roads and the safety issues related with them/it.

National

  1. We oppose any type of cap and trade legislation.
  2. We support the elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the Federal Transportation Board (FTB). We believe that they have exceeded their statutory authority or refuse responsibility to fulfill their roles in public interest.
  3. We oppose the U.S. EPA livestock emissions standards and dust regulations.
  4. We support removing Ohio from the national health care system.
  5. We support putting e-verify on hold until the H2A program is revamped & fully workable with all agricultural farmers.
  6. We encourage an increase in the authorized acres of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres in the current and future farm bills.