By Laura Lunceford
For some of you, the June discussion topic of policy development was second nature; for others, it may have been a new area of Farm Bureau to explore.
Grassroots policy development is the strength of our organization and helps define Farm Bureau in Lansing and in Washington, D.C. The annual policy development process is key to keeping the Michigan Farm Bureau policy book up-to-date and adequately covering topics relating to agriculture.
Don’t hesitate to ask for a copy of the Michigan Farm Bureau policy book or review it online and familiarize yourself with your organization’s position on different issues, keeping in mind that these policies are started at the county level then sent through the State Policy Development Committee, ultimately debated and approved by delegates at the State Annual Meeting.
Many of you had ideas of what new additions might be needed; others may not be as familiar with the policy book. Your ideas for additions will be forwarded on to your county Farm Bureaus and Policy Development Committees, but take that extra step and get involved in the process, whether it’s with your local committee, at your county annual meeting/policy development meeting, or at the State Annual Meeting. Your voice matters!
Question #1: Does the policy book lack any topics that should be included?
Question #2: Are there topics in the policy book that are not relevant anymore?
Question #3: What local topics should your county Farm Bureau consider making part of its policy discussions this year?