Michigan Farm Bureau’s AgriPac has announced its roster of candidates selected to receive the "Friend of Agriculture" designation and endorsement for the Aug. 7 primary election.
2018 AgriPac Friends of Agriculture
AgriPac—celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018—is the non-partisan political action committee of Michigan Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm organization. A "Friend of Agriculture" represents a candidate who has demonstrated beliefs and actions consistent with farmer-developed MFB policy positions.
"Our members seek out candidates—including farmer candidates—who are loyal to Michigan's agriculture industry," said Matt Kapp, MFB's elections expert. “They should demonstrate a commitment to crafting, and voting on, legislative and regulatory proposals that allow farmers to continue producing safe, affordable and abundant food for consumers.”
"We need leaders in all branches of government who understand, appreciate and respect agriculture's contribution to the state’s economy," Kapp said. "And for more than 40 years, it’s been one of our organization’s top priorities to identify and help elect Friends of Agriculture."
In making its primary endorsements, the 13 AgriPac committee members reviewed recommendations from county Farm Bureaus, heavily weighting the local candidate evaluation committees’ input along with reviewing candidate questionnaires and incumbent voting records.