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Kentucky Farm Bureau 2016 State Legislative Priority Issues

AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
 •           Maintain allocating 50% of the Master Settlement Agreement funds to the
             Agricultural Development Board, and funds be spent for the purpose of improving the net farm income of individual farmers in production agriculture.
           
•           Support continued funding of the Soil Erosion & Water Quality Cost-Share Program.
                       
•           Support an efficient, well-administered and adequately financed Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
                       
•           Recommend sufficient funding be made available to maintain a strong grain elevator inspection program for the protection of farmers, and protect the farmer-financed Grain Insurance Program.
 
•           Support a Grain Center of Excellence at the University of Kentucky
            Research and Education Center at Princeton.
 
 
HIGHWAYS, ROADS, AND BRIDGES
 •           Support the rural secondary and county road aid programs and continuation of the 22.2% allocation of the state gasoline tax revenue for rural roads.
 
 
TAXATION
 •           Kentucky’s tax code should be reformed based on sound economic principles to create a more competitive business climate.
 
•           Strongly oppose freezing the state real property tax rate.
           
•           Support the current provisions of House Bill 44 (KRS 132.010). Revenue from property taxes should continue to be limited to 4% plus new growth. Proposals to exceed 4% should automatically go to the voters.
           
•           Maintain Kentucky’s sales tax exemptions for production agriculture.
                      
 
 WATER RESOURCES
 •           Support the creation of a Kentucky water resource management program that will create, support, and advocate a coordinated effort to manage water resource projects across the Commonwealth.
           
•           State water resource policy and regulations should be based on adequate scientific research data.
 
 
RURAL COMMUNICATIONS
 •           Support broadband and high speed internet service being available for the benefit of all Kentuckians.
 
 
REGULATORY AUTHORITY
 •           Oppose any agency exceeding legislative intent in the implementation of regulations.
 
•           Oppose the power of eminent domain being used to take private property for private use.
 
 
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
 •           Support effective wildlife management that will reduce the wildlife population in an effort to alleviate continued crop and livestock losses, automobile accidents, human injuries, and loss of life.
           
 
Forestry
 •           Support forestry initiatives that enhance the economy and create opportunities for woodland owners.

 

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