Members of the Washington County Farm Bureau recently met to discuss policy development.
During the meeting, a total of 10 policy resolutions were identified by the group; some were carried over from the previous year.
It was explained that the list identified by Washington County Farm Bureau will be submitted for consideration at the annual Georgia Farm Bureau Convention. The following are policy resolutions identified during the recent policy development meeting.
- Dues should be increased to $35 per member.
- There should be a show of hands at the convention on any important issues such as an increase in dues; if there is a question, there should be a head count of delegates by counties.
- There should be a program for migrant labor that would be more economically feasible to small producers.
- They recommend that the country of origin be listed on all food products for sale.
- They oppose the importing of food products, including beef, that are grown and processed using methods that do not meet U.S. Standards
- They recommend that inclusion within GATE exemptions of animals, medicines, and related products used with guardian animals such as but not limited to LGD (livestock guard dogs, donkeys and llamas), that are used to protect goat, sheep, cattle, and chickens throughout Georgia.
- They encourage research for control of Bermuda Grass Stem Maggot.
- They support programs and activities that strengthen the pecan export market.
- Before animal cruelty charges are filed against a producer, we support local animal control officers utilizing the opinion of the State Veterinarian or other livestock experts
- New and beginning farmers should have the opportunity to update their base acres in the next Farm Bill.
The policies identified by Washington County Farm Bureau will be submitted to the Georgia Farm Bureau for consideration along with policies from other Farm Bureaus across the State. The policies will be considered at the annual convention scheduled for December in Jekyll Island.