Public Affairs

The Public Affairs Division is responsible for supporting the organization's efforts to identify problems, develop solutions, promote economic success, and enhance the quality of life for all.

The Public Affairs Division is responsible for supporting the organization's efforts to identify problems, develop solutions, promote economic success, and enhance the quality of life for all.  The staff of this division coordinates policy development and policy implementation activities for Farm Bureau, as well as, local affairs, state and national legislative and regulatory activities.

 State

State Priorities

KENTUCKY FARM BUREAU 2021 STATE 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 and Water Quality Cost-Share Program.
  • Support an efficient, well-administered and adequately financed Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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 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.

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.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Support funding for the broadband deployment fund.
  • Support efforts and incentives to improve and provide all telecommunications in rural Kentucky.
  • Support efforts that will retain and attract new business and industry to rural areas of Kentucky.
  • Support broadband and high speed internet service being available for the benefit of all Kentuckians.

WATER RESOURCES

  • Support the Kentucky Water Resources Board and advocate a coordinated effort to manage water resource projects across the Commonwealth.

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

  • Seek 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.

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.

FORESTRY

  • Support forestry initiatives that enhance the economy and create opportunities for woodland owners.

Your State Legislators

Constitutional Officers

Farm Vehicle Regulations

Policy Development Article Resources

 National

National Priorities

KENTUCKY FARM BUREAU 2021 NATIONAL PRIORITY ISSUES

NATIONAL FARM POLICY

  • Federal crop insurance programs should be maintained at current levels to provide an effective safety net for agriculture.
  • Support crop insurance initiatives to maintain the integrity of crop insurance.
  • Support NRCS assistance for the development of additional water resources for irrigation and livestock use.
  • Support modifying USDA Rural Development broadband programs to increase access to broadband service that meets or exceeds FCC standards.

TRADE

  • Support fair and open multilateral trade agreements that will open new markets and expand existing markets for U.S. agricultural products.

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Support maintenance and improvement of transportation infrastructure, including rural highways, lock and dam systems, riverports, and railroads. 

REGULATORY REFORM

  • Support a thorough regulatory review to ensure regulations do not impose an undue economic burden on any segment of society and the regulatory process is transparent and results achievable.
  • 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.

IMMIGRATION AND FARM LABOR REFORM

  • Support immigration reform that restructures the H-2A program to make it more streamlined, reliable, and economical, in addition to limiting legal liability for farmers. 

HEALTH CARE REFORM

  • Support changes to current health care law that will stabilize the market, encourage competition that will reduce health care costs and increase consumer choice.

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.
  • Federal tax code should be reformed based on sound economic principles to create a more competitive business climate. 

WILDLIFE ISSUES

  • Support a producer’s right to protect livestock and property against nuisance wildlife predation. 
  • Support a nationwide depredation order, or safe harbor provision, to take black vultures.

Your National Legislators

UNITED STATES SENATORS
Name Address Phone & Fax
Senator Mitch McConnell (R) 317 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
mcconnell.senate.gov
(202) 224-2541
(202) 224-2499 Fax
 
  601 W. Broadway, Room 630
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
(502) 582-6304

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Senator Rand Paul (R) 167 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
paul.senate.gov
(202) 224-4343
(202) 228-6917 Fax
 
  1029 State Street
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101
(270) 782-8303

 

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVES

Dist. Name Address Phone & Fax
 1
 
Congressman James Comer (R)
 
2410 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
comer.house.gov
(202) 225-3115
(202) 225-3547 Fax
       
    200 N Main Street, Ste. F
Tompkinsville, Kentucky 42167
(270) 487-9509
(270) 487-0019 Fax 

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2 Congressman Brett Guthrie (R) 2434 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
guthrie.house.gov
(202) 225-3501 
(202) 226-2019 Fax
       
    996 Wilkinson Trace, Ste. B2
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42103
(270) 842-9896
(270) 842-9081 Fax 

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3 Congressman John Yarmuth (D) 402 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
yarmuth.house.gov 
(202) 225-5401
(202) 225-5776 Fax
       
    Romano Mazzoli Federal Bldg.
600 Martin Luther King Jr. Place, Ste. 216
Louisville, Kentucky 40202 
(502) 582-5129
(502) 582-5897 Fax

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4 Congressman Thomas Massie (R) 2453 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
massie.house.gov
(202) 225-3465
       
    541 Buttermilk Pike, Ste. 208
Crescent Springs, Kentucky 41017
(859) 426-0080
(859) 426-0061 Fax

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5 Congressman Harold Rogers (R) 2406 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
halrogers.house.gov
(202) 225-4601
(202) 225-0940 Fax
       
    551 Clifty Street
Somerset, Kentucky 42503
(800) 632-8588
(606) 678-4856 Fax

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6 Congressman Andy Barr (R) 2430 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
barr.house.gov
(202) 225-4706
(202) 225-2122 Fax
       
    2709 Old Rosebud Road, Ste. 100
Lexington, Kentucky 40509
(859) 219-1366
(859) 219-3437 Fax 

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 State Legislative Reports

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 Legislative Accomplishments

The following list highlights some of Kentucky Farm Bureau's most significant legislative accomplishments in Frankfort and Washington, D.C. on behalf of Kentucky's agricultural and rural communities.

 

STATE

Right to Farm Law

Kentucky Farm Bureau continues to ensure farmers have the right to produce the safest most affordable food supply in the world.

Low Property Tax Rates

Kentucky Farm Bureau led the charge for passage of House Bill 44 in 1979. As a result, Kentucky’s property tax rate has fallen from 31.6 cents per $100 of assessed value to the current rate of 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Sales Tax Exemptions on Agricultural Inputs

Kentucky Farm Bureau has long advocated maintaining tax exemptions on most all agricultural inputs. These exemptions have saved KY farmers billions through the decades.

Kentucky Water Resources Board

Kentucky Farm Bureau lobbied for passage of legislation that established this board.  This board will research and develop recommendations to enhance the quantity of water resources for agricultural production and rural Kentucky.

Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Act

Kentucky Farm Bureau was instrumental in lobbying for this law that protects Kentucky’s surface and groundwater resources from pollution and protects farmers from over burdensome state environmental regulations.

Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund

Kentucky Farm Bureau led the effort for 50% of the landmark master settlement agreement dollars being appropriated to diversify agriculture.

Grain Insurance Fund

Kentucky Farm Bureau constructed and lobbied for passage of legislation which has been protecting the states grain farmers in the event of a grain elevator financial failure.

Transportation Laws

As a result of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s lobbying efforts Kentucky farmers enjoy some of the most farmer-friendly transportation regulations in the nation.

Rural Roads

Kentucky Farm Bureau continues to lobby for rural, county and secondary road funding. Safe and well maintained roads are critical to efficiently transporting agricultural products to market.

Private Property Rights

Kentucky Farm Bureau continues to lead the effort to protect the rights of property owners related to eminent domain and trespass issues.

Wildlife Management

Kentucky Farm Bureau continues to lobby for legislation that supports effective wildlife management that will reduce the wildlife population in an effort to alleviate continued crop and livestock losses.

 

NATIONAL

Decades of Effective Farm Policy

Kentucky Farm Bureau has ensured that all of Kentucky agriculture is represented when the National Farm Bills are discussed and voted on in Congress.

Tobacco Quota Buyout

Kentucky Farm Bureau was the leading driver for the National Tobacco Quota Buyout. The buyout had more positive effect on KY than any other state in the Union. The money has empowered farmers to transition from tobacco into other agriculture ventures.

Helping to Ensure That Family Farms Can Stay in Family Hands

Kentucky Farm Bureau lobbied diligently over several sessions of Congress to help ensure that families won’t lose their land and assets to ultra-exorbitant Federal Inheritance and Estate Taxes.

Years of Funding for Career and Technical Education

One of the most important assets to Kentucky’s rural communities is Career and Technical Education (CTE). Kentucky Farm Bureau relentlessly lobbies for, and ensures protection for, Carl D. Perkins funding to support the states CTE Programs.

Freedom for Farm Vehicle Operators

Kentucky Farm Bureau helped orchestrate a campaign to fight off attempts by the federal government to require a Commercial Driver’s License for farmers to move farm equipment and heavier farm trucks on public roads.