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Kentucky Farm Bureau 2014 National Legislative Priority Issues

FISCAL POLICY

• In order to protect the future integrity of our nation’s economy it is in our best interest to address budget deficits, which erode our ability to remain fiscally stable with the goal of reaching a balanced budget.


NATIONAL FARM POLICY

• Support a consistent, long-term market-oriented farm policy that will provide an effective safety net for agriculture with emphasis on commodity, working lands conservation, crop insurance, research & education and rural development programs.

• USDA programs focusing on production agriculture should not suffer disproportionate cuts in federal spending.


ENVIRONMENT

• Oppose EPA exceeding legislative authority in the implementation of the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act programs. (CAFO permitting, TMDL, Hypoxia, Animal Waste, Pesticide NPDES permits, Air Quality & particulate matter, etc.)

• All regulations should be based on sound, peer-reviewed scientific data that can be replicated.

• Support congressional oversight of federal agency regulatory actions to ensure rules and regulations do not exceed the intent and authority of federal law.

• Support development of additional water resources for agricultural use.


HEALTH CARE

• Support comprehensive, affordable health care for all U.S. citizens with reforms to present law that will address the rising costs of health care.

• Support changes in the health insurance industry that will stabilize the market, encourage competition and increase consumer choice.
 

 

FARM LABOR

• Support reform of the H-2A program to streamline the process making it more reliable, economical and simple for farmers to participate. Reforms should include moving from Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) to an agriculture prevailing wage.

• Farm labor programs should be more reflective of the unique nature of agricultural production. Within the H-2A program we support U.S. Department of Labor approval of joint contracts among farmers, staggered dates of worker entry under a single contract, and the 50 percent rule requirement for hiring domestic workers being limited to the number of visas approved.
 

 

 

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