The Clay County Farm Bureau is taking small steps toward improvement of various issues that plague Clay County and Indiana's other 91 counties.
The county's Farm Bureau proposed and voted on a number of resolutions at Tuesday night's policy development meeting that will be submitted to the Indiana Farm Bureau.
All but one of the proposed resolutions passed on the Clay County level.
The approved resolutions will go on to the state level to help improve conditions on a local level.
Resolutions set for discussion and approved:
-Elimination of personal property taxes.
-Need for alternative fuels, gasification for electricity, use of less natural gas and reduction in the cost of anhydrous.
-Opposition to the National Animal Identification System. Members support the elimination of barriers to small producers, not creating them. The bureau believes that individuals raising livestock for their own use and producers not supplying animals destined for overseas markets should be exempt from the registry.
-Opposition to Federal Crop Insurance. Members decided that Federal Crop Insurance should not be expanded to include "Cost of Production" insurance. It was also determined that Federal Crop Insurance should be abolished, because the program is flawed, wasteful and too much money is spent on it.
-Enforcement of noxious weed laws.
-Conservation Reserve funds should be prioritized by continuous enrollment. The funds should be directed toward areas that enhance soil conservation and water quality, including waterways and filter strips.
-Opposition to the use of eminent domain for recreational purposes, private development and expanding wildlife refuges. Members recommended that eminent domain should only be used in cases of extreme importance to the well-being of society. The members believe the American Farm Bureau Federation should address the concerns brought on by the Kelo decision.
-New farm bill legislation should cause farmers to rely less on government and more on the market. The new policy should allow planting flexibility and not discriminate against producers of fruit and vegetables by supporting feed grain and soybean producers.
-All 2005 resolutions were re-affirmed.
New resolutions proposed by members and approved:
-Township trustees and their boards should have announced meetings and set guidelines for duties.
-Replacement of the ISTEP tests in Clay County schools with the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) assessment test. For the school corporation, the test would be cheaper and less time consuming.
-The entire state of Indiana to be in the same time zone.
-Elimination of the township trustee position.
Anyone with an interest in agriculture, issues regarding Clay County and the state of Indiana, the Clay County Farm Bureau is accepting new members. If interested call Membership Chairman Marvin Schopmeyer at 446-4772.