Farm Bureau Continues Legislative and Policy Efforts on Behalf of Members
MWRD Land Use Policy
Through its real estate policies, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is able to maintain a sense of direction from a literal interpretation of its leasing statute. By enacting a Comprehensive Land Use Policy, the District can ensure that its program is well-planned, that its lands are held and not dissipated, that special privileges to individuals and organizations are denied, and that all citizens and organizations seeking to lease District real estate are treated equally and uniformly.
District land not currently needed for corporate use is available for leasing, for use by easement, or for temporary use by permit.
Farm Bureau staff provided feedback to the District on its leasing policy specifically as it applies to agricultural interests.
Chicago Animal Ban
Farm Bureau continues to monitor a proposed animal ban that would regulate or ban certain animals, potentially including livestock in the City of Chicago. The proposed ban is likely spurred by instances of animal keeping within city limits.
Farm Bureau will monitor the issue going forward.
Fall Vehicle Mailing
Members of the Cook County Farm Bureau® have expressed concerns regarding the difficulties of moving farm vehicles and implements on Cook County roadways this fall. Annually, Farm Bureau communicates applicable vehicle laws to local police chiefs. Topics discussed include the vehicles subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) regulations, and Covered Farm Vehicle guidelines.