Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) AgriPac, with guidance from the local grass-roots effort of 65 county Farm Bureau candidate evaluation committees, has endorsed Bill Schuette for governor in the Nov. 6 general election.
“Lisa Posthumus Lyons and I are so proud to have the support of AgriPac in our campaign to serve as Michigan's next governor and lieutenant governor,” said Schuette. “The Michigan Farm Bureau is one of Michigan's preeminent economic organizations, representing one of our absolutely key industries that we will prioritize in our Paycheck Agenda for more jobs and growth. The Whitmer-Gilchrist agenda is a far-left plan for more regulations, more taxes, and more fees, threatening Michigan's Right to Farm laws and endangering the entire industry's success, something that would take Michigan back to the Lost Decade."
In making their endorsement, AgriPac pointed out, that as a former congressman on the U.S. House Ag Committee, state senator and department of agriculture director, Schuette worked to understand farmers’ needs and challenges. While serving in the Michigan Senate, he led the effort to amend the Right to Farm (RTF) Act, strengthening it so it provided preemption to local government ordinances. And early this year, as Attorney General, Schuette issued an official opinion upholding the act.
“There’s a reason Mr. Schuette received MFB’s highest honors as a state senator with the Silver Plow award, and as a member of the U.S. House with the Golden Plow award, in supporting our policies,” said MFB President Carl Bednarksi. “Along with his support of RTF, he’s for removing barriers to agricultural trade through infrastructure investments. He understands that career and technical education plays a vital role in K-12 education. He’s keenly aware of the need for a strong ag processing industry in our state through the expansion of Ag Processing Renaissance Zones. And he supports the idea of Michigan’s agriculture, environmental quality and natural resources departments working together to create consistent policies that remove unnecessary and burdensome regulations.”
AgriPac—celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018—is the non-partisan political action committee of Michigan Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm organization. A "Friend of Agriculture" represents a candidate who has demonstrated beliefs and actions consistent with farmer-developed MFB policy positions.
“Every two years the 13 members of the AgriPac committee ask county Farm Bureau volunteers who serve on their Candidate Evaluation Committees to evaluate and recommend candidates seeking federal or state office whose positions are compatible with MFB policies, regardless of party affiliation,” said AgriPac Chair and MFB Board Member Pat McGuire. “Their commitment to assisting AgriPac in the endorsement process is invaluable and greatly appreciated.”
AgriPac will make their final endorsements of Friends of Agriculture for the November election on Sept. 18.