The summer council packet has two new discussion guides; both feature issues briefings directly from American Farm Bureau Federation policy. These topics should give community councils a few options for their meetings into late summer. Ohio Farm Bureau values input from community councils, which contribute to the grassroots policy making process for the organization.
Neonicotinoids & Pollinators
Developments over the last two decades have drawn increased attention on the health of managed honey bees and how this may relate to pesticide use. Some activists have used reported honey bee declines to target pesticides (in particular a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids) as the principal cause of the decline in honey bees. They have called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) to restrict neonicotinoids and/or suspend their registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
Insect pollination is a vital component of U.S. agriculture. Economically, honey bees contribute more than an estimated $15 billion to the agricultural economy. At the same time, farmers depend on pesticides to help produce their crops efficiently and economically. Where can farmers “strike a balance” when it comes to this issue? Discussion guide and supporting materials
National Monuments, Parks and Federal Lands
National Monument designations, under the Antiquities Act of 1906, are meant to ensure the proper care and management of historic landmarks and other objects of historic or scientific interest. In recent decades, Presidents of the United States from both parties have used the power of the Act that some say goes beyond the scale that Congress originally intended. What ramifications do you see if the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and/or the Wayne National Forest were given National Monument status? What does your group see as potential impacts,
positive or negative, on agriculture and local communities in the area? Discussion guide and supporting materials
Remember, participants are not limited to these materials – Feel free to discuss additional topics and issues generated from the local newspaper, other publications and/or key events happening in your neighborhood.
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