The following policy resolutions were adopted by the Saginaw County Farm Bureau voting members at the September 8, 2017 county annual meeting:
No. 1 NEW LOCAL POLICY AND NEW MICHIGAN FARM BUREAU POLICY – ROAD DISASTERS
Rural roads are important to agriculture transportation. When a natural disaster is declared for a county and roads are washed out, such as this past June in mid-Michigan, we believe a group of county, township and agriculture leaders should be brought together for the purposes of road repair prioritizing.
No. 2 NEW MICHIGAN FARM BUREAU POLICY - WASHINGTON LEGISLATIVE SEMINAR
While we understand the intent of the rule set forth by Michigan Farm Bureau enforcing a seven year waiting period before sending a member to Washington Legislative Seminar for a second time, we believe it is more appropriately the decision of the county to choose who attends. We request that the seven year waiting period be lifted and candidate selection be left to the counties.
No. 3 MICHIGAN FARM BUREAU POLICY #66 – LAW ENFORCEMENT
(As submitted by Cheboygan County Farm Bureau)
This is a policy to make the use of purple paint legal to denote “No Trespassing”.
Boundaries can be marked with a clearly visible purple paint marking, consisting of one vertical line no less than eight inches long and two inches wide, and the bottom of the mark not less than three nor more than six feet from the ground or normal water surface. The painted marks must be affixed to immovable, permanent objects that are no more than 100 feet apart and readily visible to any person approaching the property. Posts can be capped or otherwise marked on at lease the top two inches. The bottom of the cap or marking must be between three feet and six feet from the ground or normal water level. Posts marked in this manner can be no more than 36 feet apart and must be readily visible to anyone approaching the property. Even if landowners post their land with purple paint, they must post written signs at all roads, driveways or gates of entry onto the posted land, which are clearly noticeable from outside the boundary line. This policy would give land owners the option of using purple paint to post their land. It would not change Michigan’s trespassing laws in any other way.We support the development and implementation of a “Purple Paint Law”, which authorizes the posting of property through the use of a specific paint color.
No. 4 MICHIGAN FARM BUREAU POLICY #96 – COUNTY ROAD COMMISSIONS
We support adding “So the road commission members are accountable, they should be elected by the districts” at line 21. Also, strike “four-year” on line 21. The Michigan Farm Bureau Policy #96 would then read:
“We believe each county overseen by a road commission should have the option to decide if it needs a three or five member county Road commission. These should be by district, regardless of population, and representative of all areas of the county. Commission members should serve
four year staggered terms. So that road commission members are accountable, they should be elected by the districts.”
No. 5 MICHIGAN FARM BUREAU POLICY #99 – HIGHWAYS
(As submitted by Barry County Farm Bureau)
During the 2017 term, the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that a property owner’s driveway into and out of their real estate is considered part of the public road system for the purposes of enforcement of traffic laws under the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code. That ruling allows law enforcement officers (city, county, state) to issue motor vehicle violations to person(s) operating vehicles only within the area of their driveway(s) without ever having entered what is considered the normal paved or unpaved designated public road.
Needed changes in the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code, to exempt drivers operating entirely in private driveways that are attached to or enter public roads to be exempt from the enforcement of any motor vehicle code violations.
Any other enforcement action of any type within the said driveway area must be properly performed only by officers bearing proper warrants or court orders applying to said driveway property.
No. 6 MICHIGAN FARM BUREAU POLICY #107 – MEMBERSHIP
To save on processing costs and mailing costs, and to better retain memberships, we encourage Michigan Farm Bureau to consider a three year membership at a reduced rate.
No. 7 MICHIGAN FARM BUREAU POLICY #83 – MICHIGAN NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
We feel filter strips along water ways should be a high priority of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), as they prevent runoff of soil and nutrients. Therefore, we think they should be considered first and at the same rate or higher than the entire field or farm land in the CRP. We request the following language be added after lines 44-46 of the Michigan Farm Bureau Policy #83:
“Rates should be the same for all soil types.”
No. 8 AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION POLICY #239 – NATIONAL FARM POLICY
We feel filter strips along water ways should be a high priority of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), as they prevent runoff of soil and nutrients. Therefore, we think they should be considered first and at the same rate or higher than the entire field or farm land in the CRP. We request the following language be added after lines 184.108.40.206 of the American Farm Bureau Federation Policy #239:
“We support the Farm Service Agency in enrolling more acres in the CRP around ditches and streams to decrease the amount of nutrient runoff on fields. Rates should be the same for all soil types.”
No. 9 AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION POLICY #154 – HEALTH AND HEALTH INSURANCE
The suicide rate for those engaged in agriculture is one of the highest of all professions in the nation. Therefore, we support adding the following language to the American Farm Bureau Federation policy:
“We support funding of the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) that was approved in the 2008 Farm Bill.”