The Michigan legislature’s top agriculture policy and appropriations leaders will join county Farm Bureau members for a virtual conversation during the Mar. 9 edition of Michigan Farm Bureau’s Hitching Post. Panelists include:
Discussing food and farming issues at the forefront in 2021, the four farm-focused officials will spend the better part of an hour taking questions from Farm Bureau members. The panel will be moderated by Laura Braun, policy development chair and vice president of the Clinton County Farm Bureau.
Hitching Post takes place live via Zoom at 7 p.m. Mar. 9—register today!
Throughout February, the state House and Senate’s work on policy issues and the state budget continues to gain momentum.
The agriculture committee chairs, Rep. Alexander and Sen. Daley, come primed for the discussion having recently shared some of their 2021 outlook with MFB Farm News Media.
Rep. Alexander said the issues her committee will take up this year are rooted in the issues and concerns her constituents bring to the forefront.
“We’ll continue to deal with industrial hemp and some modifications there,” she said. “It’s also become apparent in dealing with restaurants that…we continue to hear about the food laws that are outdated and the impact on the restaurant industry.”
Alexander is excited to bring forward Rep. Bronna Kahle’s bill to amend the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act and protect farmers by increasing the reporting time from eight hours to seven days and reducing the civil penalty from $5,000 to $500.
She explained that, “When a tragedy happens on a farm, and a loved one’s life is lost…to have our state government...fine a family for not reporting that loved one’s death in a matter of hours, with an exorbitant fine…it’s not showing sympathy or empathy to that family. It’s not good policy and to me it’s an overreach of state government.”
In the Senate, Sen. Daley shared that continuing the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, industrial hemp regulation changes, and addressing meat processing challenges are all issues his committee will likely touch in the coming months.
Like Rep. Alexander, Sen. Daley wants to hear from his agricultural constituents.
“We’ll be talking to the commodity organizations across the state of Michigan…bringing them in and having them give us some ideas of issues they’re running into and as they come up, we’ll be glad to take care of them,” he said.
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In addition to the Zoom meeting, the Hitching Post series will be livestreamed on the MFB Facebook page.
If you’re unable to participate Mar. 9 but are still interested in the content, all events will be recorded and posted to the MFB YouTube Channel.