Jan. 10, 2017 in Phoenix: OFB’s delegates doing important grassroots work on American Farm Bureau Federation Policy. From right to left are OFB 2nd VP Sharon Waterman, 1st VP Peggy Browne, board member Carol Marie Leuthold, and President Barry Bushue.
Just like at the OFB Annual Meeting, at the heart of the AFBF Convention is the policy work done by the House of Delegates, a body comprised of hundreds of family farmers and ranchers who raise a vast array of crops and animals, come from many different operation sizes in all 50 states, and utilize every type of farming method available.
These volunteers gather annually to revise and vote upon AFBF Policy, which guides Farm Bureau’s legislative efforts at the national level.
Joining OFB President Barry Bushue in Oregon’s delegation at the 2017 AFBF House of Delegates, which convened on Jan. 10 in Phoenix, were OFB 1st Vice President Peggy Browne, 2nd Vice President Sharon Waterman, and OFB Board member Carol Marie Leuthold.
“I love the grassroots policy development process,” said Bushue, who served as AFBF vice president from 2008 to 2016. “It’s an honor to be an integral part of that.”
Following are some highlights:
Antiquities Act: Policy to revise the Antiquities Act so that only a vote by Congress has the power to designate a national monument – not the president. (Take action here against a monument in the Owyhee Canyonlands in Oregon!)
Public lands: New language was approved to require the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and other federal agencies to coordinate and cooperate in a meaningful way with state and local governments in making land management plans and decisions as required by Congress.
Demand regulatory reform: Created a special resolution urging Congress to enact swift, meaningful, and bipartisan regulatory reform. Learn more here.
Human needs over Endangered Species Act: Prioritized humans’ needs for food, fiber, shelter, and energy over restrictions on the productive use of land and water for the benefit of non-human species.