Michigan Farm Bureau’s AgriPac announced Friday its roster of candidates selected to receive the "Friend of Agriculture" designation and endorsement for the Aug. 4 primary election.
2020 AgriPac Friends of Agriculture
“Our ‘Friend of Agriculture’ endorsement is one-of-a-kind,” said AgriPac Chair Mike Fusilier. “Its uniqueness stems from our county Farm Bureau members’ grassroots involvement in the election process.”
Fusilier explained that local candidate evaluation committees — comprised of farmers — conduct candidate interviews, review candidate questionnaires and consider incumbents’ voting records. County Farm Bureaus then recommend which candidates should receive the organization’s Friend of Agriculture endorsement through AgriPac, MFB’s non-partisan political action committee.
“We are proud to support farm-friendly candidates and be a voice for agriculture as voters decide in 2020 which candidates will represent us in state and national elected offices,” Fusilier added.
According to Matt Kapp, MFB’s elections expert, members seek out candidates, including farmers, who are loyal to the state’s agriculture industry.
“They should demonstrate a commitment to crafting and voting on legislative and regulatory proposals that allow farmers to continue producing nutritious and abundant food for consumers,” Kapp said.
"We need leaders in all branches of government who understand, appreciate and respect agriculture's contribution to the state’s economy. 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 14 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.
During Michigan’s 2020 election cycle, voters will select a U.S. Senator, 14 members to the U.S. House of Representatives, two State Supreme Court seats, two MSU Board of Trustees, and 110 State Representatives with 25 open seats — 22 seats due to term limits — in addition to countless local government officials.