Issues & Policies
 
 

Farm Bureau’s success in being an effective voice for farmers, ranchers and rural citizens is attributed to our grassroots policy development process. Policy positions are determined by members. Every family member has an opportunity to voice their opinions by completing the annual policy development questionnaireFocusing on problems and surfacing solutions beginning at the local level ensures our policies are responsive to the needs of members. Each December, voting delegates representing county Farm Bureau's meet to discuss, amend and adopt policy positions to direct our public policy efforts in the coming year.
 
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News & Priorities

Comments Regarding Proposed Rule Amendments to Chapter 12-Scenic Byways 

EPA Regulatory Review
In accordance with the Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) solicited public comments on repealing, replacing or modifying regulations.  Comments were filed by AFBF and MFB.

2018 Farm Bill
Discussions are underway for the 2018 Farm Bill. check out the American Farm Bureau resource page for videos, issue papers and other information.

Missouri Department of Agriculture Regulatory Review
In accordance with Governor Eric Greitens’ executive order, the department is soliciting comments on its regulations. 
MDA Regulatory Review

Farm Bureau Opposes Eminent Domain for Grain Belt Express
In 2015 the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) denied Clean Line Energy’s application for approval to exercise the power of eminent domain for the proposed Grain Belt Express (GBE) electrical transmission line which it plans to build across northern Missouri.  In June 2016 Clean Line reapplied for PSC approval.  In August 2017 the PSC again denied GBE's application. MFB participated in the proceedings as an intervenor opposed to granting eminent domain power for the project.
Clean Line: No Better the Second Time
PSC Sets Local Public Hearing Schedule in Grain Belt Express Clean Line Transmission Line Case

US Fish and Wildlife Service Mitigation Policy
The revised mitigation policy adopted by the USFWS in 2016 is under review. MFB voiced concerns during the public comment period. 
Proposed Revisions to the US Fish and Wildlife Service Mitigation Policy Comments

Pesticide Applicator Certification
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a one-year extension on the deadline for states to implement new regulations pertaining to pesticide applicator certification.  In 2016, MFB submitted written Comments Regarding Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators; Proposed Rule expressing concerns. Changes proposed by EPA include the following:

  • Establish a minimum age of 18 for private and commercial certified pesticide applicators and noncertified applicators using RUPs under the direct supervision of a certified applicator;
  • Require private applicators to meet competency standards comparable to those for commercial applicators;
  • Require private applicators to qualify in applicable sector-specific certification categories comparable to those for commercial applicators;
  • Require private applicators to either complete a training program approved by EPA or pass a written exam;
  • Require noncertified applicators working under the direct supervision of a certified applicator to receive annual training; and
  • Set a maximum three-year certification renewal period for private and commercial applicators.

Rock Island Trail Proposal
Starting June 2017 the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is taking public comments on whether to enter into an interim trail use agreement with the Missouri Central Railroad (owned by Ameren) to proceed with completion of the Rock Island Trail stretching 144 miles between Windsor and Beaufort.  In February 2015 the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) authorized Ameren and DNR to negotiate an interim trail use agreement for the purpose of converting the Rock Island rail corridor into a recreational use trail.  Contractors have cleared vegetation and are expected to complete salvage of materials by the end of 2017.  The STB set February 2018 as the deadline for closing on an interim trail use agreement.

Missouri Farm Bureau Policy reads, “We favor keeping the old Rock Island Line from Owensville to Kansas City as a railroad, because railroads are vital to agriculture and the economy of rural communities and are a far better choice than the tax burden of building and maintaining a trail. We oppose any effort to create a recreational trail. If efforts to stop the conversion of the rail corridor to a recreational trail fail, then we oppose state or federal taxpayer funding for conversion and maintenance of such a trail.”
Surface Transportation Board Letter, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler - December 11, 2014
Surface Transportation Board Letter - December 17, 2014
Surface Transportation Board Letter - December 29, 2014
Surface Transportation Board Letter - February 12, 2015
Missouri Department of Natural Resources Letter - March 6, 2015
Surface Transportation Board Letter - July 21, 2017
Missouri Department of Natural Resources Letter - August 24, 2017

 

NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
Farm Bureau monitors the legislative process in Congress, as well as regulatory and legal issues that affect agricultural producers throughout the country. Here is information on some of the issues considered priorities by the American Farm Bureau Federation.





 


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Policy Development Video

2018 Tentative Policy Resolutions


Our staff represents the interests of Farm Bureau members everyday on national and state policy issues. Questions? Contact us.

Jill Fansler
Legislative Specialist
(573) 893-1410 | email Jill Fansler

Leslie Holloway
Regulatory Affairs
(573) 893-1409 | email Leslie Holloway

BJ Tanksley
State Legislative Affairs 
(573) 893-1495 | email BJ Tanksley