Policy for IFB and AFBF


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The Illinois Farm Bureau grassroots policy development process provides every voting member the opportunity to make known their concerns about issues important to them. When properly supported through the grassroots policy development process, these concerns are considered and may be adopted by the voting delegates at the organization's annual meeting each December. (Download the entire 2016 Illinois Farm Bureau policy document here).

That delegate action dictates the direction the organization follows in carrying out its programs each year. It is from this grassroots input and direction that Farm Bureau realizes its strength as an organization serving the needs of our members. These policies become the position for the organization for the upcoming year.

National recommendations are forwarded on to the American Farm Bureau Federation for consideration by the AFBF Resolutions Committee. Policies adopted at the American Farm Bureau Annual meeting by voting delegates from each of the 50 states become Illinois and AFBF's position on national and international issues. To discuss the AFBF Policy Process, please contact rwhitehouse@ilfb.org. (Download the entire 2016 AFBF policy document here).

Your 2016 Policies

1. Philosophy of Farm Bureau

2. Activation and Status of Resolutions

3. Competition/Monopolies

4. Farm Income and Structure

5. Agricultural and Vocational Education

6. Agriculture in the Classroom

7. Community Colleges

8. Education

9. Higher Education

10. University of Illinois Extension

11. Energy

12. Nuclear Energy

13. Renewable Fuels

14. Utilities and Pipelines

15. Wind Energy

16. Aboveground Fuel Storage Tanks

17. Agricultural Environmental Protection

18. Atmospheric Quality

19. Disposal of Waste

20. Drainage and Stormwater Management

21. Due Process

22. Endangered Species

23. Farming Methods

24. Forestry

25. Global Climate Change

26. Highly Erodible Land

27. Mined Lands

28. Mineral Interests

29. Organic Nutrient Management

30. Pesticide Application and Education Programs

31. Pesticide Recordkeeping

32. River Conservancy Districts

33. Rivers, Levees and Floodplains

34. Siting on Non-Agricultural Pollution Control Facilities

35. Soil Conservation

36. Voluntary Ecosystem Preservation

37. Water Quality

38. Water Withdrawals

39. Watersheds

40. Weed Control

41. Wetlands

42. Wildlife Management

43. Eminent Domain

44. Farmland Ownership

45. Governmental Property Acquisition and Ownership

46. Heritage Areas and Corridors

47. Land Use and Farmland Preservation

48. Private Property Rights

49. Agricultural Cooperatives

50. Agricultural Research

51. Agricultural Tourism

52. Animal Agriculture

53. Animal Health and Identification

54. Apiculture

55. Biosecurity

56. Biotechnology

57. Commodity Checkoffs

58. Commodity Exchanges

59. Commodity Groups

60. Contract Production and Marketing

61. Dairy Marketing

62. Data Collection, Privacy, and Ownership

63. Development of New Uses and New Markets

64. E-Commerce, Technology and Personal Information

65. Equine Agriculture

66. Farmer Protection for Payment of Grain

67. Grain and Hay Grading

68. Industrial Hemp Production

69. Livestock Pricing and Marketing

70. Organic Agriculture

71. Packers and Stockyards Act

72. Plant Patents and Plant Variety Protection

73. Risk Management/Crop Insurance

74. Specialty Crops

75. Trade

76. USDA Reporting and Operations

77. Conservation Reserve Program

78. Farm Credit

79. Government Economic Policies

80. Government Farm Policies

81. Labor

82. Social Security

83. Advertising and Public Image

84. Farm Bureau Relationship with Affiliated Companies

85. Government Regulations

86. Involvement of Members in Farm Bureau

87. Legislative and Agricultural Leadership

88. Member and Public Relations

89. Political Involvement

90. Responsible Communication

91. Uniform Cooperative Agreement

92. 9-1-1 Telephone System

93. Farm Safety

94. Food Labeling

95. Food Quality Protection Act

96. Food Safety

97. Health Care

98. Nutrition

99. Public Aid

100. Rural Development

101. Business Climate in Illinois

102. Compensation of Public Officials

103. Driving Under the Influence

104. Elections

105. Farm Equipment

106. Fence Law

107. Firearms

108. Illinois Banking Structure

109. Illinois Department of Agriculture

110. Intergovernmental Cooperation

111. Judicial Reform

112. Law and Order

113. Legislative Bodies

114. Local Government

115. Mandated Programs

116. Private Lands Cooperative Initiative

117. Probate and Family Laws

118. Public Building Acts

119. Public Employee Collective Bargaining

120. Special Service Areas

121. Tort Reform and Insurance Liability

122. Trespass, Vandalism, and Private Land Access

123. Federal Estate Taxes

124. Property Tax Administration

125. Sales Tax

126. State and Local Finance

127. State Income Tax

128. Tax Reform

129. Transportation

130. Transportation-Highways

131. Transportation-Railways

132. Transportation-Vehicle Regulations

133. Transportation--Unmanned_Aircraft_Systems

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