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 2018 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 2018 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. Solar Energy

15. Utilities and Pipelines

16. Wind Energy

17. Aboveground Fuel Storage Tanks

18. Agricultural Environmental Protection

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 Education And Recordkeeping

32. River Conservancy Districts

33. Rivers, Levees and Floodplains

34. Soil Conservation

35. Voluntary Ecosystem Preservation

36. Water Quality and Watershed Projects

37. Water Withdrawals

38. Weed Control

39. Wetlands

40. Wildlife Management

41. Eminent Domain

42. Farmland Ownership

43. Governmental Property Acquisition and Ownership

44. Heritage Areas and Corridors

45. Land Use and Farmland Preservation

46. Private Property Rights

47. Agricultural Cooperatives

48. Agricultural Research

49. Agricultural Tourism

50. Animal Agriculture

51. Animal Health and Identification

52. Apiculture

53. Biosecurity

54. Biotechnology

55. Commodity Checkoffs

56. Commodity Exchanges

57. Commodity Groups

58. Contract Production and Marketing

59. Dairy Marketing

60. Big Data E Commerce Privacy And Ownership

61. Development of New Uses and New Markets

62. Direct Food Marketing

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. Government Conservation Programs

75. Farm Credit

76. Government Economic Policies

77. Government Farm Policies

78. Labor

79. Risk Management Crop Insurance

80. Social Security

81. Communication 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. Political Involvement

87. Uniform Cooperative Agreement

88. 9-1-1 Telephone System

89. Farm Safety

90. Food Labeling

91. Food Quality Protection Act

92. Food Safety

93. Health Care

94. Nutrition

95. Public Aid

96. Rural Development

97. Business Climate in Illinois

98. Compensation of Public Officials

99. Driving Under the Influence

100. Elections

101. Farm Equipment

102. Fence Law

103. Firearms

104. Illinois Banking Structure

105. Illinois Department of Agriculture

106. Intergovernmental Cooperation

107. Judicial Reform

108. Law and Order

109. Legislative Bodies

110. Local Government

111. Mandated Programs

112. Private Lands Cooperative Initiative

113. Probate and Family Laws

114. Public Building Acts

115. Public Employee Collective Bargaining

116. Special Service Areas

117. Tort Reform and Insurance Liability

118. Trespass, Vandalism, and Private Land Access

119. Federal Estate Taxes

120. Property Tax Administration

121. Sales Tax

122. State and Local Finance

122. State Income Tax

124. Tax Reform

125. Transportation

126. Transportation-Highways

127. Transportation-Railways

128. Transportation-Vehicle Regulations

129. Transportation--Unmanned_Aircraft_Systems

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