Farmer Members Share Their Thoughts with the Farm Bureau
Cook County Farm Bureau members voiced their thoughts and opinions on upcoming policy issues as the Governmental Affairs Committee continues their efforts to bring forward timely and pertinent policy issues. Earlier this year, committee members embarked on discussions regarding food waste as members indicated how they felt about liability protections for donors, tax incentives for food recovery and donation, and expansion of food recovery programs. Committee members will vet the issue and will create draft language.
Farm Bureau members also expressed their thoughts on regenerative agriculture. Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems. It focuses on topsoil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, and strengthening the health and vitality of farm soil. Over 90 percent of members responding to the survey felt that Farm Bureau policy should include a definition of the term regenerative agriculture. In addition, 39 percent of members view regenerative agriculture as an opportunity for agriculture and believe that Farm Bureau should provide member and farmer education in the area.
Using policy as a guide, Cook County Farm Bureau advocates on multiple issues. Members responding to the survey indicated that Farm Bureau should concentrate its efforts on urban agriculture opportunities, private property rights, and zoning and building issues.
Members interested in providing additional thoughts or comments are encouraged to contact Bona Heinsohn via email at [email protected].