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Below are the Local Resolutions & Reaffirmations that were adopted on September 21, 2017

Click on this link to view a PDF version of all the resolutions and reaffirmations that were presented at the 2017 County Annual: 
Monroe County Resolutions & Reaffirmations 2017



Monroe County Board of Commissioners
Monroe County agriculture is a large and viable industry.  According to the 2012 US Census of Agriculture (the most recent ag census), in 2012 there were 1,144 farms in Monroe County.  As reported in this census, these farms sold commodities during 2012 with a market value of $174 million dollars.

Monroe County Farm Bureau recognizes the financial investment the Monroe County Board of Commissioners make annually on behalf of the agricultural industry in Monroe County. We appreciate the proactive investment they make to keep our 4-H program highly successful.  We also recognize their support for the Conservation District and Spartan Ag Consulting.  According to Michael Bosanac, Monroe County Administrator and Chief Financial Officer, in 2017 investments on our behalf have been made for items such as:

1.  MSU Extension including staff, building, expenses etc., operating supplies and grounds maintenance

2.  Monroe County Conservation District.

3.  Spartan Ag Consulting

Total 2017 allocations for above programs = $261,791

4. Additionally, $29,784 is allocated to the Monroe County Economic Development Corporation to support all business in Monroe County, including agriculture.

We therefore resolve to express our appreciation to the Monroe County Board of Commissioners for this investment in support of the Monroe County agricultural industry and our families in Monroe County. 

Road Commission Communications
Monroe County Farm Bureau needs to address the need for communication between the Road Commission and farmers.

Doing this would result in more “open” meetings with Farm Bureau farmers, Monroe County Road Commission, and/or their representative to participate in.

Be it resolved:

That Monroe County Farm Bureau take the initiative to address this need during the goal setting process; and therefore, encourage one meeting annually with the Monroe County Road Commission and/or their representative and farmers. 

Road Commission
The Monroe County Board of Road Commissioners are making a noticeable and welcomed effort to pave and maintain Primary roads and bridges in the County.  Secondary roads with the assistance of many Townships have been improved as well.  The Board recently approved a $5 million road note in addition to funding from recent legislation at the state of Michigan to improve roads.  The money will allow 103 miles of chip seal projects and 65 miles of hot mix asphalt resurfacing projects in 2017.  The Road Commission has committed to be more proactive in making improvements on roads in the early stage.  The Commission has improved budgeting and created a capital improvement program for equipment and roads.

Therefore, be it resolved:  The Monroe County Farm Bureau commends the Board of Road Commissioners, Managing Director Randy Pierce, Director of Finance Phillip Masserant along with their employees and staff for moving the agency in a positive direction and making transportation more enjoyable for all that travel our roads in Monroe County. 

Monroe County’s Bicentennial 1817 - 2017
On July 14, Monroe celebrated its 200th birthday.  The celebration continues.  Monroe was named in honor of President James Monroe.  Several events commemorating the Bicentennial have been held throughout the county including events at the County Courthouse, Dundee Old Mill, Monroe County Museum, Monroe County Fair and many more.  It is good to step back and look how far we have come as a county and as an agricultural industry.  Many things have changed in the last 200 years and we look forward to the future in anticipation for what it holds.

Therefore, be it resolved: Monroe County Farm Bureau recognizes and thanks the ongoing efforts of the Monroe County Bicentennial Alliance to raise awareness and promote the celebration of Monroe County during its bicentennial year throughout 2017. 

Agricultural Study Program at Monroe County Community College
Today’s farming and agri-business jobs require a diverse set of skills, including scientific knowledge related to plant and animal production, precision farming methods and use of other technology, pest management, soil and conservation management, business management and finance, food safety practices, and equipment repair.  Specialized training is an important factor in helping meet the demand for these jobs.

In a resolution passed at last year’s annual meeting, Monroe County Farm Bureau encouraged the development of an agricultural study program at Monroe County Community College (MCCC).  We are pleased that since last year MCCC has partnered with Michigan State University’s Institute of Agricultural Technology to offer students an opportunity to earn a certificate in agricultural operations or an associate of applied science in agricultural operations.  Students wishing to work toward a bachelor’s degree may receive preferred transfer status at Michigan State University after earning an associate degree at MCCC.

The agriculture program at MCCC will provide students with a solid background in plant and soil science, precision agriculture, agriculture management, entomology, plant pathology and additional fundamentals of agriculture.  Students will take courses from both MSU’s Institute of Agricultural Technology and MCCC.

We commend the members of the ad hoc committee who, along with MSU administrators, worked to make an agriculture program at MCCC a reality.  Andy McCain is serving as Agriculture Program Coordinator at MCCC.

We resolve to support this program and to help make potential students aware of this educational opportunity. 

The Monroe County Environmental Health Department continues to provide County residents with a comprehensive recycling and pollution prevention program.Programs are offered to assist in the proper disposal of hazardous wastes, pesticides, unwanted medicines, and recycling of electronics and newspapers.We appreciate the efforts of Environmental Health Department to have successful annual tire collections for passenger and light truck tires.

We are especially grateful to the Environmental Health Department for their help developing a collection and recycling program for large truck, tractor, and combine tires.We are also very grateful for Ida Co-Op for allowing us to use their Ida West Road facility for this year’s collection event.

Richard Janssens, co-chair of the Promotion and Education Committee, Bob Potter MCFB Board Member, and Monroe County Environmental Health Department’s Dan Rock and Chris Westover, along with many FB volunteers, all worked together on this program.Funding for the program this year totaled $20,000.The Environmental Health Department provided $13,800 from grant monies they received and Michigan Farm Bureau provided $6,200 for the program.There was a 2-day collection event on August 23 and 24.There were 112 participants, of which 73 were Farm Bureau members.A total of 1,383 large truck, tractor, and combine tires were collected for recycling.At $40 per tire, this saved farmers and other participants $55,000 in used tire disposal fees.

Even with the amount of large tires collected this year, a major problem still exists in Monroe County with the number of large truck, tractor, and combine tires that remain.The Monroe County Environmental Health Department has already received a $10,000 grant for a 2018 large tire recycling event.

Therefore, be it resolved:That Monroe County Farm Bureau Board continue the large truck, tractor, and combine tire collection and recycling program by making it one of their Goals for 2018.The Board should appoint a committee to continue working with the Monroe County Environmental Health Department, securing additional grants needed to continue the collection and recycling program for large truck, tractor, and combine tires.



Agricultural Data Privacy

This Monroe County resolution from the last two years has been addressed and is now included in the American Farm Bureau Policy # 536 / Proprietary Data.

In addition to this AFBF policy, we locally resolve that each farm, and agribusiness, develop a written plan, in full awareness with all its employees and management, specifically outlining the appropriate response if, or when, someone (officially or unofficially) requests site specific management information relative to a field, or farm, in their operation.

Slow Moving Vehicle Signs

Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) signs are being misused for driveway and mailbox markers.  Let's insure that they are used for what they were designed for - to warn people of a SLOW moving piece of equipment on a roadway.  Equipment traveling less than 25 miles per hour need a SMV sign.  Misuse of the SMV sign could cause people to not heed the sign when used properly.  Farmers also need to heed SMV signs by replacing when worn-out or faded.

Be it resolved: We thank the Monroe County Farm Bureau Communications Committee and P & E Committee for developing the post cards for our members to place in the hands of "neighbors" who use the signs improperly.  These cards are available in the county FB office and are downloadable from the county FB website.  We encourage our members to use these cards to communicate when misuse of the signs is observed.