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 2017 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 2017 AFBF policy document here).

Your 2017 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. River Conservancy Districts

32. Rivers, Levees and Floodplains

33. Soil Conservation

34. Voluntary Ecosystem Preservation

35. Water Quality and Watershed Projects

36. Water Withdrawals

37. Weed Control

38. Wetlands

39. Wildlife Management

40. Eminent Domain

41. Farmland Ownership

42. Governmental Property Acquisition and Ownership

43. Heritage Areas and Corridors

44. Land Use and Farmland Preservation

45. Private Property Rights

46. Agricultural Cooperatives

47. Agricultural Research

48. Agricultural Tourism

49. Animal Agriculture

50. Animal Health and Identification

51. Apiculture

52. Biosecurity

53. Biotechnology

54. Commodity Checkoffs

55. Commodity Exchanges

56. Commodity Groups

57. Contract Production and Marketing

58. Dairy Marketing

59. Data Collection, Privacy, and Ownership

60. Development of New Uses and New Markets

61. Direct Food Marketing

62. E-Commerce, Technology, and Personal Information

63.  Equine Agriculture

64. Farmer Protection for Payment of Grain

65. Grain and Hay Grading

66. Industrial Hemp Production

67. Livestock Pricing and Marketing

68. Organic Agriculture

69. Packers and Stockyards Act

70. Plant Patents and Plant Variety Protection

71. Specialty Crops

72. Trade

73. USDA Reporting and Operations

74. Conservation Reserve Program

75. Farm Credit

76. Government Economic Policies

77. Government Farm Policies

78. Labor

79. Rick Management Crop Insurance

80. Social Security

81. Advertising and Public Image

82. Farm Bureau Relationship with Affiliated Companies

83. Government Regulations

84. Involvement of Members in Farm Bureau

85. Legislative and Agricultural Leadership

86. Member and Public Relations

87. Political Involvement

88. Responsible Communication

89. Uniform Cooperative Agreement

90. 9-1-1 Telephone System

91. Farm Safety

92. Food Labeling

93. Food Quality Protection Act

94. Food Safety

95. Health Care

96. Nutrition

97. Public Aid

98. Rural Development

99. Business Climate in Illinois

100. Compensation of Public Officials

101. Driving Under the Influence

102. Elections

103. Farm Equipment

104. Fence Law

105. Firearms

106. Illinois Banking Structure

107. Illinois Department of Agriculture

108. Intergovernmental Cooperation

109. Judicial Reform

110. Law and Order

111. Legislative Bodies

112. Local Government

113. Mandated Programs

114. Private Lands Cooperative Initiative

115. Probate and Family Laws

116. Public Building Acts

117. Public Employee Collective Bargaining

118. Special Service Areas

119. Tort Reform and Insurance Liability

120. Trespass, Vandalism, and Private Land Access

121. Federal Estate Taxes

122. Property Tax Administration

123. Sales Tax

124. State and Local Finance

125. State Income Tax

126. Tax Reform

127. Transportation

128. Transportation-Highways

129. Transportation-Railways

130. Transportation-Vehicle Regulations

131. Transportation--Unmanned_Aircraft_Systems

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