Lorain County Farm Bureau Policies For 2016-2017

Accepted policies adopted September 8, 2016

We the members of the Lorain County Farm Bureau resolve…

Local/County

  1. We encourage all county residents to take advantage of higher education in Lorain County at Lorain County Community College (LCCC).
  2. We encourage the development of a cooperative relationship between LCCC and secondary student programs to allow students to develop technical and entrepreneurial skills in the agricultural industry while earning college credit.
  3. We encourage producers and buyers to support the locally grown food movement.
  4. We support and encourage all new developments to install water retention basins to control flooding.
  5. We encourage our membership to participate in recycling programs for agricultural tires in Lorain County.
  6. We encourage all trash & recycling receptacles to be placed no closer than 18 inches to the edge of road n order to allow for the safe passage of farm equipment.
  7. We support to require all trash collection haulers to have a containment system so that light materials, 'plastic bags, etc.' cannot escape from the vehicle.
  8. We encourage Lorain County Commissioners to fund Lorain County's Ohio State University Extension and 4-H programs and Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District.
  9. In light of the increased regulations relating to water quality & fertilizer application, we encourage Lorain County Commissioners to retain an agricultural & natural resources educator at Ohio State University Extension.
  10. We applaud and support the Lorain County Health Department's restructuring and goal to reduce the health levy by 50%.
  11. We ask that our Lorain County Commissioners develop a comprehensive budget plan to provide a comprehensive list of services that benefit the entire Lorain County.
  12. We encourage our Lorain County Commissioners to be involved and attend local Farm Bureau events.
  13. We support that all publicly funded storm water project applications; both district and community, be presented to the SWAC board (storm water advisory committee).
  14. We support that Lorain County SWAC funds shall not be used for any future sanitary sewer or wastewater improvements. The benefiting sanitary customer shall provide the necessary funding, including inflow and infiltration reduction programs.
  15. e encourage our members to talk to their state legislators about CAUV (current agricultural use values) and other agricultural topics.
  16. We support efforts to establish additional local detoxification facilities for those with drug and alcohol problems.

State

  1. We support increasing the minimum amount of insurance coverage for auto insurance.
  2. We encourage that Ohio Farm Bureau’s AGG PAC reserve dollars for active Farm Bureau members be used to run for office.
  3. We support and encourage all new developments be required to install water retention basins to control flooding.
  4. We encourage the use of biodegradable shopping bags by all vendors.
  5. We encourage Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) staff to give priority to wetland determination so landowners can do land and drainage improvements in a timely manner.
  6. We encourage the state attorney general's office to investigate HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) for false advertising.
  7. We encourage OFBF (Ohio Farm Bureau Federation) to support its members to investigate the legality of perpetual land leases.
  8. We support restoration of local government funds.
  9. We encourage the Ohio Legislature to create the Ohio Water Authority Trust to aid farmers and rural Ohio residents to meet the demands in order to ensure providing clean drinking water; including human and animal waste management construction and improvement.
  10. We support legislation to provide local governments the resources to deal with the increasing heroin epidemic in Ohio and also include in-patient treatment facilities.
  11. We support state funding to develop the creation of a local in-patient facility to deal with drug addiction and substance abuse.
  12. We oppose the sale of the Ohio Prison Farms and encourage the institution of more specialty and non- traditional agricultural crops in the prison farms.

National

  1. We encourage Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) staff to give priority to wetland determination so landowners can do land and drainage improvements in a timely manner.
  2. We strongly suggest a revamping of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program in the next farm bill (2018).
  3. We support improvements in the implementation of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) which are needed immediately to ensure that the program operates as intended.