Today, nearly 250 delegates at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells established new policy directives for the organization.
Farm Bureau delegates adopted the policies that will be included in the organization’s policy book in 2020. Resolutions were submitted by delegates as part of a grassroots policy development process.
Delegates held discussion on various dairy policy items. They supported the research and development of a dairy growth management and other systems that provide increased dairy-industry stability and producer profitability.
Regarding energy, delegates supported requiring regular gasoline to contain 15% ethanol year-round.
Delegates discussed a variety of ag-tourism topics. They supported the opportunity for farmers to diversify and market agricultural experiences including agricultural event venues. Delegates supported allowing meat, fruit, vegetable and dairy farms to direct market their products to the end consumer without making the process too burdensome in state, county and local regulations.
Delegates from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s 61 county Farm Bureaus also voted to support:
- Requiring disclosure of the Wisconsin Fence Law on real estate purchase agreements, so buyers are informed of the law.
- A cost-share program for farmers who experience wolf conflict.
On the federal level, delegates supported:
- FDA updating their standards of identity to recognize current technology in milk processing.
The federal resolutions will be forwarded to the American Farm Bureau Federation for consideration at its annual convention next month.