State Priorities

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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