Farm Bureau’s grassroots process of policy development continued at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Resolutions Committee the week of Dec. 10.
“AFBF Resolutions is the next step in the continuation of our true grassroots creation of policy,” said Yvonne Lesicko, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) senior director of legislative and regulatory policy. “Federal policy that comes out of Resolutions was created locally. Counties develop policy through advisory councils, policy development committee meetings and annual meetings. In turn, that policy is vetted at OFBF’s annual meeting and then federal policies are sent on to the Resolution Committee at AFBF.”
The Resolutions Committee is composed of all state Farm Bureau presidents, including OFBF President Steve Hirsch. The committee reviews all policy recommendations on federal issues voted upon at state Farm Bureaus’ annual meetings.
The committee combines redundancies, removes proposals that are already covered in current policy and considers conflicting proposals before voting on which policies will go before the delegate body at the AFBF annual meeting in January in Nashville.
“It’s great to see the concerns our members have at the local level work their way through the grassroots process and be considered as national policy,” said Hirsch.
Lesicko said several of Ohio’s policy suggestions were accepted and will come before the voting delegates at annual meeting. Areas that will likely receive some attention are farm bill policy, immigration reform, school nutrition programs and animal care issues.
OFBF will send 12 voting delegates to AFBF annual meeting with two alternates. Delegates will explain Ohio’s positions on proposals, and any policy proposals that were not accepted at Resolutions can be brought up on the floor for consideration at annual meeting. All OFBF delegates are state board members.
“Terminology might be different, but AFBF Resolutions Committee is truly the same policy development process we use at our local and state levels here in Ohio,” Lesicko said.
Read about OFBF Advisory Teams, another part of the policy development process.