District Policy Meetings

Posted on Aug 28, 2013
Hundreds of county FB leaders from throughout the state participated in the District Policy Development Meetings in July. Staff members from the Public Affairs Division conduct the sessions to provide a framework for policy development at the county annual meetings. All topics are open for discussion but the focus is a close examination of priority issues that emerged from KFB’s 2012 annual meeting.

Dozens of county Farm Bureau leaders came to the Ballard Convention Center in Madisonville for the District 2 meeting. Presiding over the agenda was District Chairman John Kuegel Jr. of Daviess County.
Dozens of county Farm Bureau leaders came to the Ballard Convention Center in Madisonville for the District 2 meeting. Presiding over the agenda was District Chairman John Kuegel Jr. of Daviess County.

Participants are given a packet of information on the respective issues. This year’s list consists of state tax reform, water resources, farm labor, rural communications, property rights and biotech labeling.

KFB typically receives hundreds of policy recommendations from county Farm Bureaus and 26 advisory committees that deal with farm commodities and other areas that impact farm families. The organization’s Resolutions Committee reviews those submissions to ensure that they represent a change from existing policy and are feasible. The ideas then move forward for consideration by delegates to the annual meeting in December.

At the District 2 meeting in Madisonville, KFB Executive Vice President David S. Beck articulated the importance of these casual meetings.

“Policy development is what started our organization; it’s what sets us apart from other organizations,” Beck said. “It all starts with this process at the grassroots. Your participation is important. We don’t ever want to take this for granted.”

National Affairs Director L. Joe Cain urged the county leaders to “keep our policy current and relevant . . . to reflect what we want and need in Kentucky.”

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