Kentucky Farm Bureau concludes 94th annual meeting with adoption of policyPosted on Dec 7, 2013
“Our need to transport farm commodities to the marketplace safely and quickly has never been more vital,” explained KFB President Mark Haney, who operates an orchard, roadside market and cattle farm in Pulaski County. “The road fund also ensures that the economy of rural Kentucky remains a key component to the overall strength of the Commonwealth.”
The huge deer population has become a nuisance to Kentucky farmers, prompting KFB to explore legislative solutions.
“We’re going to take a more proactive approach during this legislative session,” said Haney. “We’re still developing a strategy, with the aim of getting something done to reduce the deer herd. It’s a statewide problem.”
Tax policies topped the list on the state legislative agenda, with emphasis on a statement expressing continued support for preserving the current property tax law which limits annual revenue from property taxes to no more than a four percent hike, plus new growth. This provision was a key part of House Bill 44 which KFB worked hard to see enacted in 1979.
KFB also wants to ensure that the state sales tax exemption for production agriculture is not impacted by any tax reform package. Additionally, it has policy to extend the exemption to production items used in the equine and poultry industries.
“The exemption is very important to the bottom lines of our farmers,” said Haney. “Another aspect to consider is the potential impact on the Kentucky businesses that sell these inputs to farmers. Eliminating this exemption would likely prompt many farmers to make their purchases from businesses in surrounding states.”
Tobacco taxes are on the radar, with opposition to any increases or regulatory requirements that would put Kentucky at a disadvantage with surrounding states.
Other fiscal priorities include continued funding of the Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost-Share Program and new facilities for the Breathitt Veterinary Center in Hopkinsville.