Farm Bureau’s Approach to Agricultural Policy
Whether in the capitol or on the courts, Wisconsin Farm Bureau works hard to promote policies on the local, state and national levels that support Wisconsin farmers. WFBF understands the importance and power of grassroots action. Members and staff work together to accomplish the organization’s legislative and regulatory goals.
As a grassroots organization, we take pride in giving the power to our members to create and approve our policy. Each fall at county Farm Bureau annual meetings policy is voted on, with the approved policy being passed to the state level.
There’s something to appreciate about an organization that’s driven by you: our members.
– Jim Holte, WFBF President
Take Action: Agricultural Policy
Farm Bureau is proud to have a successful track record in advocating on behalf of fair agricultural rules and regulations. Among those successes are preserving our state’s Right to Farm Law and saving farmers millions of dollars in property taxes through the use value assessment of farmland.
As a true grassroots organization, Farm Bureau depends on you, our members, to share your personal stories with lawmakers. Each spring, WFBF, with support from other organizations, hosts Ag Day at the Capitol. This event is open to all Wisconsin farmers and agriculturists to learn more about agricultural legislation and ag-related issues that may impact their farm business. The event concludes with attendees speaking directly with elected officials in our state’s Capitol.
WFBF recently implemented a Local Affairs program. This program allows Farm Bureau to have a more direct role in advocating for fair agricultural rules and regulations at the town and/or county level. If you need guidance on a local event or issue, you can contact the director of this the local affairs program here.
WFBF’s grassroots policy is established by farmers through a structured policy development process. Suggestions and policy ideas come directly from members who propose and vote on them at county Farm Bureau annual meetings. Policy ideas work their way up to the WFBF Annual Meeting each December where delegate members vote on the proposals. This process continues at the national level as well.
WFBF is proud to be a grassroots organization that works on behalf of farm families and other individuals who support agriculture. You can read the policy adopted by voting delegate’s at the WFBF Annual Meeting here.