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Dr. John Bizon of Battle Creek is the Farm Bureau-endorsed Friend of Agriculture for the 19th Senate District covering Ionia, Barry and Calhoun counties.
In his second term as the state representative in the 62nd House District, Bizon has seen first-hand how burdensome regulation can impact the agriculture industry and believes more state-level reforms are needed.
“One of the townships in Calhoun County recently passed an ordinance which blatantly violated the Right to Farm Act,” Bizon said in his AgriPac candidate questionnaire. “We have the Right to Farm Act for a reason. Local governments should stay out of agriculture. Unfortunately, local officials sometimes have limited understanding of the Act and Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices.”
As a medical professional, Bizon said he considers himself sympathetic to people who are over-regulated.
“The area I believe I can improve on the state level would be the ever-changing regulatory structure facing farms today,” he said. “Most farmers have a desire to comply with the law, but they need to know the rules and be given a fair chance at coming into compliance with them before the rules are changed again.”
“It is extremely unfair for bureaucrats to make rules, not provide proper time before evaluating the effectiveness of the rules and making the determination that they need to change because producers have not complied,” he said. “Agencies need to be held accountable for regulatory changes and for developing a relationship with the farming community to help reasonably effectuate changes needed.
“Farmers know what is best when it comes to their own farms.”
Dr. Bizon is an owner and otolaryngologist at Brookside ENT & Hearing Services in Battle Creek and an assistant clinical professor at Western Michigan University’s School of Medicine.
He is also active with the Michigan Medical Society, Calhoun County Medical Society, Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners, National Rifle Association, Quality Deer Management group, Pheasants Forever and the Wild Turkey Federation.