Policy-development process rolls on for Farm Bureau

Resolutions Committee will consider more than 20 policy submittals from county Farm Bureaus in Illinois, Nov. 8-9.

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Richard Guebert Jr. chaired IFB’s Resolutions Committee for 10 years when he served as the organization’s vice president.

By Jeff Brown

Harvest came fast this year for Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr., which means another growing season winding down and another meeting season revving up.

“Where’s the summer gone?” wondered Guebert, a Randolph County farmer, on the RFD Radio Network®. “It doesn’t seem that long ago we were struggling to get a crop in the ground and on our hands and knees praying for rain in August and September. The next thing we know, the combines are running.”

Just as the different segments of the growing season seem to blend together, so does fall fade into meeting season.

For IFB, a major highlight in its annual calendar is the Resolutions Committee meeting, Nov. 8-9 in Bloomington.

The resolutions process demonstrates Farm Bureau grassroots policy development in action. It allows every voting member the opportunity to voice concerns about issues important to them. Some of those concerns become policy submittals from county Farm Bureaus to the state organization.

This year, the Resolutions Committee, consisting of farmer representatives from throughout the state as well as IFB’s Young Leader Committee and action teams, will come together to consider more than 20 such submittals. After review, some submittals will advance to be considered by the full delegate body at the IAA Annual Meeting, Dec. 2-5 in Chicago.

“Members submit their views or ideas on policy change through their county Farm Bureaus, and they talk about the different areas that they want to move forward,” Guebert said. “Some of the submittals make it to the floor, but that’s a decision the Resolutions Committee looks at.”

Policy approved by the farmer-delegates provides direction for the organization. That policy can also produce recommendations that advance to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) to run through a similar resolutions process at the national level. The 2018 AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show takes place Jan. 5-10 in Nashville.

Content for this story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.

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