001 | Philosophy and History of the Cook County Farm Bureau®
Created by farmers in 1920, Cook County Farm Bureau® exists to strengthen the agricultural community and bolster the voices of agriculturists in Cook County. Our organization embodies a vision in which the people of Cook County recognize and value the importance and necessity of agriculture and agri-industry in our region.
As a grassroots organization, the strength of our organization is in our members. Cook County Farm Bureau® members establish our policy, agenda, mission and goals.
Cook County Farm Bureau® strives to educate youth, and in doing so, their families about the connection between the food that they eat and who produces it. Through fourth grade presentations, teacher seminars and farm tours more than 25,000 students per year interact, on a first-hand basis, with the Cook County agricultural industry through our Ag in the Classroom program.
Our organization strives to bridge the gap between agriculturalists and consumers through programs, marketing materials and informational brochures regarding Cook County producers and products. This facilitates a direct marketing approach, in which local farmers produce fruits, vegetables and fiber for local consumers.
Since our inception in 1920, Cook County Farm Bureau® has strived to serve our members through member benefits, programs and tours. Not only do our members determine the policy and direction of their organization but they determine what additional benefits the organization should offer to fellow members or those individuals interested in becoming a member. Cook County Farm Bureau® is comprised of both farmer member and non-farmer members.
Through grassroots lobbying and relationship building with local elected officials, our organization seeks to bridge the gap between our urban neighbors and our agricultural future. The leading strategic goal of our organization is to ensure that the interests of agriculturalists are protected during local, county, state and national policy decisions.
Cook County Farm Bureau® is a member-orientated, member-driven organization and the policies and recommendations enumerated below solidify our position that our policies and recommendations reflect the thinking of a majority of our members.
002 | Status and Activation of Resolutions
Policies of the Cook County Farm Bureau® are subject to review at any official meeting of the Cook County Farm Bureau® Board of Directors (“Board”).
Adopted resolutions and recommendations state the current position of the Cook County Farm Bureau®.
Resolution submittals to the Illinois Farm Bureau® shall be reviewed and approved by the Public Policy Team (“Team”) prior to being reviewed and approved by the Board. Upon approval of the Board, staff and Public Policy Team Chairman (“Chairman”) shall submit the resolutions to the Illinois Farm Bureau® Resolutions Committee in accordance with the established and published deadlines and in the manner prescribed by the Illinois Farm Bureau®. Team and Board approval shall require a majority of those present voting in the affirmative.
Those resolutions approved for submittal to the Illinois Farm Bureau® shall be incorporated into policy of the Cook County Farm Bureau®.
Other policy concepts, separate from submittals made to the Illinois Farm Bureau® that are local, regional or organizational in nature, may be proposed as a result of the annual Viewpoint survey and otherwise. Upon the review and approval of the Team, Viewpoint and all new Cook County Farm Bureau® policy recommendations shall be submitted to the Board for review and approval. Upon approval, these recommendations shall become policy of the Cook County Farm Bureau®. Team and Board approval shall require a majority of those present voting in the affirmative.
If a policy recommendation is submitted to the Board or by the Board, the Board may act on it without it first being submitted to the Team. The Board may refer the recommendation to the Team for further review.
Staff shall be responsible for maintaining and publishing a current copy of Cook County Farm Bureau®’s policy.