Proposed policy resolutions approved by delegates at the county annual meeting

View the resolutions below that were approved at the county annual and submitted to the state policy development committee to be considered at the Michigan Farm Bureau annual meeting. 

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458-Farm Service Agency Committees 
402-Energy 
044-State Energy Policy 
096-Highway Improvements and MaintenanceFrom Line 3 remove the words "and airports"
096-Highway Improvements and MaintenanceAfter line 81: •New and renewable funding to solve this decades old problem. This funding source should be indexed for inflation. •An independent study on infrastructure. •Requiring all vehicles that use public roads to pay a fee of some kind.
 Maple Sugar Production is one of the oldest forms of Agriculture in Michigan. We have a vast underutilized Maple resource with huge potential for expansion. MFB supports the expansion of Michigan's Maple Sugar industry and the promotion and marketing of pure made-in-Michigan Maple Syrup, Maple Sugar, and products containing it.
079-Land UseAfter line 66 add; Given the limited amount of prime agricultural land and given the challenging financial situation facing Michigan farmers today, we support a change to Michigan state law such that prime agricultural land cannot be purchased by non-citizens of the United States of America, including individuals, businesses and corporations.
079-Land UseAfter line 88 add: We support: -Full disclosure of chemical and electronic components of solar panels and equipment, making the landowner aware of any potential hazards if the solar equipment should malfunction or break, and the potential for environmental contamination to the farm ground below, upon contracting, future assigns and decommissioning of the solar panels. -State or federal incentives and/or allowances for solar energy project companies to build arrays on brownfields, rooftops, parking lots and/or other marginalized lands. -Innovative applied research from Michigan State University and others that develop feasible, cost-effective battery storage technologies for both on-farm and off-farm electric energy battery storage from solar energy. -Net-metering or inflow/outflow billing mechanism that enables producers to sell excess power generated on farms back to utilities at an equitable rate. -Sound land use planning local units of government should both develop a plan for solar energy and adopt a reasonable zoning ordinance/building code that allows solar panels. -Pasturing of sheep to control weeds, and inclusion of pollinator plants to encourage natural pollinators. -The ability to put PA 116 contracts on hold during the commission of the solar farm and that the contracts will resume following decommissioning of the solar farm. -Giving solar farms the same consideration as Natural Resource Conservation Service programs in retaining base acres with the USDA Farm Service Agency after the decommissioning of the solar farm. -The current administrative policy for “allowing commercial solar panel development on PA 116 lands”. We oppose: -Legislating into state statute any policy such as the “2019 MDARD Policy for Allowing Commercial Solar Panel Development on PA 116” into the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Act or any other public act, but support the current administrative policy for “allowing commercial solar panel development on PA 116 lands”. -The building of energy generating developments where no nearby electricity infrastructure exists, creating the need to build large, new transmission lines, and/or sub-stations. (ENERGY 44)
458-Farm Service Agency Committees 
402-Energy 
044-State Energy Policy 
096-Highway Improvements and MaintenanceFrom Line 3 remove the words "and airports"
096-Highway Improvements and MaintenanceAfter line 81: •New and renewable funding to solve this decades old problem. This funding source should be indexed for inflation. •An independent study on infrastructure. •Requiring all vehicles that use public roads to pay a fee of some kind.
 Maple Sugar Production is one of the oldest forms of Agriculture in Michigan. We have a vast underutilized Maple resource with huge potential for expansion. MFB supports the expansion of Michigan's Maple Sugar industry and the promotion and marketing of pure made-in-Michigan Maple Syrup, Maple Sugar, and products containing it.
079-Land UseAfter line 66 add; Given the limited amount of prime agricultural land and given the challenging financial situation facing Michigan farmers today, we support a change to Michigan state law such that prime agricultural land cannot be purchased by non-citizens of the United States of America, including individuals, businesses and corporations.
079-Land UseAfter line 88 add: We support: -Full disclosure of chemical and electronic components of solar panels and equipment, making the landowner aware of any potential hazards if the solar equipment should malfunction or break, and the potential for environmental contamination to the farm ground below, upon contracting, future assigns and decommissioning of the solar panels. -State or federal incentives and/or allowances for solar energy project companies to build arrays on brownfields, rooftops, parking lots and/or other marginalized lands. -Innovative applied research from Michigan State University and others that develop feasible, cost-effective battery storage technologies for both on-farm and off-farm electric energy battery storage from solar energy. -Net-metering or inflow/outflow billing mechanism that enables producers to sell excess power generated on farms back to utilities at an equitable rate. -Sound land use planning local units of government should both develop a plan for solar energy and adopt a reasonable zoning ordinance/building code that allows solar panels. -Pasturing of sheep to control weeds, and inclusion of pollinator plants to encourage natural pollinators. -The ability to put PA 116 contracts on hold during the commission of the solar farm and that the contracts will resume following decommissioning of the solar farm. -Giving solar farms the same consideration as Natural Resource Conservation Service programs in retaining base acres with the USDA Farm Service Agency after the decommissioning of the solar farm. -The current administrative policy for “allowing commercial solar panel development on PA 116 lands”. We oppose: -Legislating into state statute any policy such as the “2019 MDARD Policy for Allowing Commercial Solar Panel Development on PA 116” into the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Act or any other public act, but support the current administrative policy for “allowing commercial solar panel development on PA 116 lands”. -The building of energy generating developments where no nearby electricity infrastructure exists, creating the need to build large, new transmission lines, and/or sub-stations. (ENERGY 44)
458-Farm Service Agency Committees 
402-Energy 
044-State Energy Policy 
096-Highway Improvements and MaintenanceFrom Line 3 remove the words "and airports"