Farm Bureau members work year-round to implement grass-roots policy for the benefit of the agriculture industry and likewise, to oppose initiatives that would harm the agriculture industry.
Throughout the past year, Farm Bureau members were successful in advocating on the following issues that were signed into law:
Farm Bureau worked with Michigan's Congressional delegation to ensure provisions beneficial to agriculture were included in sweeping federal tax reforms. Items supported by Farm Bureau policy included:
Farm Bureau supported amendments to expand opportunities for individuals to purchase the agricultural heritage license plate, which supports state agriculture education programs. Under previous law, fundraising plates could only be issued for personal vehicles and nonbusiness purposes. The new law removes the restriction and allows fundraising plates to be issued for any passenger motor vehicle, motor home, pickup truck or van, without regard to the vehicle’s use or purpose.
Michigan Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureau members advocated for the new $8.4 million agriculture industry research and development line item that includes: