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 2015 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 2015 AFBF policy document here).

Your 2015 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

15. Wind Energy

16. Aboveground Fuel Storage Tanks

17. Agricultural Environmental Protection

18. Alternatives to Landfills

19. Atmospheric Quality

20. Disposal of Waste

21. Drainage and Stormwater Management

22. Due Process

23. Endangered Species

24. Farming Methods

25. Forestry

26. Global Climate Change

27. Highly Erodible Land

28. Mined Lands

29. Mineral Interests

30. Organic Nutrient Management

31. Pesticide Application and Education Programs

32. Pesticide Recordkeeping

33. River Conservancy Districts

34. Rivers, Levees and Floodplains

35. Siting on Non-Agricultural Pollution Control Facilities

36. Soil Conservation

37. Voluntary Ecosystem Preservation

38. Water Quality

39. Water Withdrawals

40. Watersheds

41. Weed Control

42. Wetlands

43. Wildlife Management

44. Eminent Domain

45. Farmland Ownership

46. Governmental Property Acquisition and Ownership

47. Heritage Areas and Corridors

48. Land Use and Farmland Preservation

49. Private Property Rights

50. Agricultural Cooperatives

51. Agricultural Research

52. Agricultural Tourism

53. Animal Agriculture

54. Animal Health and Identification

55. Apiculture

56. Biosecurity

57. Biotechnology

58. Commodity Checkoffs

59. Commodity Exchanges

60. Commodity Groups

61. Contract Production and Marketing

62. Dairy Marketing

63.  Data Collection, Privacy, and Ownership

64. Development of New Uses and New Markets

65. E-Commerce, Technology and Personal Information

66. Equine Agriculture

67. Farmer Protection for Payment of Grain

68. Grain and Hay Grading

69. Industrial Hemp Production

70. Livestock Pricing and Marketing

71. Organic Agriculture

72. Packers and Stockyards Act

73. Plant Patents and Plant Variety Protection

74. Risk Management/Crop Insurance

75. Specialty Crops

76. Trade

77. USDA Reporting and Operations

78. Conservation Reserve Program

79. Farm Credit

80. Government Economic Policies

81. Government Farm Policies

82. Labor

83. Social Security

84. Advertising and Public Image

85. Farm Bureau Relationship with Affiliated Companies

86. Government Regulations

87. Involvement of Members in Farm Bureau

88. Legislative and Agricultural Leadership

89. Member and Public Relations

90. Political Involvement

91. Responsible Communication

92. Uniform Cooperative Agreement

93. 9-1-1 Telephone System

94. Family

95. Farm Safety

96. Food Labeling

97. Food Quality Protection Act

98. Food Safety

99. Health Care

100. Nutrition

101. Public Aid

102. Rural Development

103. Business Climate in Illinois

104. Compensation of Public Officials

105. Driving Under the Influence

106. Elections

107. Farm Equipment

108. Fence Law

109. Firearms

110. Illinois Banking Structure

111. Illinois Department of Agriculture

112. Intergovernmental Cooperation

113. Judicial Reform

114. Law and Order

115. Legislative Bodies

116. Local Government

117. Mandated Programs

118. Private Lands Cooperative Initiative

119. Probate and Family Laws

120. Public Building Acts

121. Public Employee Collective Bargaining

122. Special Service Areas

123. Tort Reform and Insurance Liability

124. Trespass, Vandalism, and Private Land Access

125. Federal Estate Taxes

126. Property Tax Administration

127. Sales Tax

128. State and Local Finance

129. State Income Tax

130. Tax Reform

131. Transportation

132. Transportation-Highways

133. Transportation-Railways

134. Transportation-Vehicle Regulations

135. Transportation--Unmanned_Aircraft_Systems


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