Cedar County Farm Bureau leaders help set policy for state

Posted December 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Five voting delegates considered a wide range of policy issues at the 98th Missouri Farm Bureau annual meeting Dec. 2-4 at the Lake of the Ozarks. The last day of the meeting they finalized policy for 2013. Some of the more important issues on the minds of delegates included the looming “fiscal cliff” and estate tax reform, and a Congressional passage of a new farm bill as soon as possible.

The meeting attracted nearly 1,300 farmers and ranchers, among them farm leaders from the Cedar County Farm Bureau. Delegates selected by the membership not only approved 2013 policy for the organization, but re-elected the President Blake Hurst and four board members. One new board member was also elected.

Other issues delegates voted to focus on in 2013:

• Continue opposition to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal activist groups who want more legislation or rules restricting agricultural production;

• Increase flexibility for schools participating in the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs, including eliminating mandatory calorie limits and limits on lean meat protein and dairy;

• Enact legislation re-establishing the Career and Technical Education Board and authorizing the board to administer career and technical education programs;

• Allow state and local governments to collect sales tax on internet sales by out-of-state sellers;

• Increase transparency in the state ballot initiative process by requiring a public hearing or independent review of proposed ballot initiatives by the Joint Committee on Legislative Research prior to final approval of ballot language by the Secretary of State;

• Congress should retain control of the national debt and only increase the debt ceiling in the event of a national emergency and with the approval of a two-thirds vote in both chambers.

Missouri Farm Bureau’s complete 2013 policy will be posted online at mofb.org.

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CEDAR COUNTY FB LEADERS PART OF POLICY-MAKING PROCESS – Five voting Cedar County delegates considered a wide range of policy issues at the 98th Missouri Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Dec. 2-4 at the Lake of the Ozarks. The last day of the meeting they finalized policy for 2013. Some of the more important issues on the minds of delegates included the looming “fiscal cliff” and estate tax reform, and a Congressional passage of a new farm bill as soon as possible. Cedar County Farm Bureau members who participated in the Missouri Farm Bureau annual meeting include: (back row, from left) Billy Bruce, Kalena Bruce, Don Boultinghouse, Agent Maranda Taylor and Lynden Kenny; (front row, from left) Tony Underwood, Regina Merrick, Cedar County Farm Bureau President Peggy Kenny and Lolis Rosbrugh.

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LOCKE COMPETES IN FARM BUREAU AMBASSADOR CONTEST – James “Cameron” Locke, Columbia, was one of 27 contestants competing for the title of Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB) Ambassador during the organization’s 98th annual meeting Dec. 2 at Lake of the Ozarks. Locke’s parents are Jason and Charla Locke of Cedar County.

The contest is sponsored by the MFB Promotion and Education Program. The contestants were selected by their county Farm Bureaus to compete at the state level for this title. During the state competition, each contestant was interviewed by a panel of judges who considered knowledge of the industry, speaking ability and personality. The top male and female winner received a $1,250 scholarship from the MFB Foundation for Agriculture and will represent Farm Bureau and agriculture at events across Missouri. The four finalists each receive a $250 scholarship. MFB President Blake Hurst recognized Locke during an ambassadors’ luncheon earlier that day.

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CEDAR COUNTY FARM BUREAU GETS TOP COUNTY AWARD – Cedar County Farm Bureau was recognized at Missouri Farm Bureau’s 98th annual meeting for outstanding program achievements, during an awards program Dec. 3 at Lake of the Ozarks. Representing Cedar County Farm Bureau President Peggy Kenney (right), accepted the award for the county from Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst. The county achieved the recognition as the top county in District 7 by going over membership quota for 2012 with a total of 561 members and received the maximum six gold stars for excellence in several program areas. Cedar County Farm Bureau was recognized for having top programs in membership, marketing/commodities, public policy/FARM-PAC, Young Farmers & Ranchers/leadership development, public relations/promotion and education, and quota. More than 1,300 Farm Bureau members and agricultural leaders attended the annual meeting of the state’s largest general farm organization.

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CEDAR COUNTY FB RECEIVES AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE – The Cedar County Farm Bureau was honored with two Awards of Excellence during the 98th annual meeting of Missouri Farm Bureau at Lake of the Ozarks Dec. 3. One award was for marketing and commodities and the other for young farmers and ranchers/leadership development programs. The announcement was made by Blake Hurst, Missouri Farm Bureau president. Peggy Kenney (right), president of Cedar County Farm Bureau, accepted the awards.

Only one award of excellence is presented in each category of the organization’s gold star program. The five categories are: Membership, marketing/commodities, public policy, young farmers and ranchers/leadership development and public relations/promotion and education.

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NEIL SECOND IN FB DISCUSSION – Brett Neil (left), El Dorado Springs VoAg instructor, took second in the Missouri Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet at the organization’s 98th annual meeting Dec. 2 at the Lake of the Ozarks. After qualifying in a preliminary round, Neil competed with three other contestants in the final round to earn the honor. The contestants researched issues on five different topics. The topic chosen for the final discussion round was “What can be done to encourage young farmers and ranchers to return home to the farm if it means living in a rural area that does not provide the same amenities (education, health care, technology) as a metropolitan community?”. As the second place winner of the discussion meet, Neil received a plaque from Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst. The first place winner was Kulani Lawler of Clinton.

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PATE COMPETES IN FB AMBASSADOR CONTEST - Gina Pate, Stockton, was one of 27 contestants competing for the title of Missouri Farm Bureau (MFB) Ambassador during the organization’s 98th annual meeting Dec. 2 at Lake of the Ozarks. Pate’s parents are Dean and Michele Pate of Cedar County. The contest is sponsored by the MFB Promotion and Education Program. The contestants were selected by their county Farm Bureaus to compete at the state level for this title. During the state competition, each contestant was interviewed by a panel of judges who considered knowledge of the industry, speaking ability and personality. The top male and female winner received a $1,250 scholarship from the MFB Foundation for Agriculture and will represent Farm Bureau and agriculture at events across Missouri. The four finalists each receive a $250 scholarship. MFB President Blake Hurst recognized Gina (left) during an ambassadors’ luncheon earlier that day.