At Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) 2019 annual meeting, delegates voiced support for creation of a water policy task force through the organization’s Water Use in the Great Lakes Basin policy.
Less than a year later, the member-led task force followed through on their directives to (1) analyze positions and guidance in existing policy and (2) produce a report to help county and regional policy development committees improve the organization’s water policy.
The report offers information on important regulations affecting Michigan’s water use and quality, such as the international Great Lakes Compact, which protects the water of the Great Lakes from being sold as a commodity, and state and federal water quality laws which protect against pollution, but which can also place heavy burdens on farmers. The report also provides recommendations on water policy topics affecting agriculture so policy development committees can develop water-related resolutions with a broader perspective on how those resolutions affect the entire industry.
View the completed report.
“Over the past few months, the task force met virtually to discuss the array of water issues impacting farmers,” said Emily Reinart, MFB’s grassroots policy outreach specialist. “Their discussions covered nutrient management, water use regulations, drainage and water standards in neighboring Great Lakes states and provinces.
“We are thankful for the time these members contributed and greatly appreciate the unique perspectives and personal experiences they brought to the table to make this report a successful and useful document for county Farm Bureau members.”
The seven-member task force included:
Questions on the water task force report can be directed to any member of MFB’s Ag Ecology Department: Laura Campbell, Emily Reinart or Tess Van Gorder.
Additional resources and issue briefs are available in the policy development section of the MFB website.