Proposed Policy


Local Resolutions


Slow Moving Vehicle Sign

Jackson County Farm Bureau resolves to work collaboratively with area agricultural organizations, area law enforcement, local government and county residents to educate about the appropriate usage of the Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) sign.  Motion:  Brian Sanford Second:  Alysa Sanford ADOPTED

Ag Youth Support

Jackson County Farm Bureau resolves to work to support, educate and develop interest in agricultural careers among county high school students, encouraging them to transition into the Farm Bureau Young Farmer program. 

Motion:  Greg Sanford Second:  Linda Hutchinson ADOPTED

Animal Control

With budget restrictions causing the elimination of animal control officers in Jackson County, those duties are being transferred to road patrol officers.  This type of training is not readily available to police officers and knowing that very few officers may have an agricultural background, a training need is created. 

Jackson County Farm Bureau resolves to partner with MSU Extension and others to provide training, on-site assistance and other resources to help these officers make correct and educated decisions with incidents that relate to animal agriculture.  Motion:  James Wardius Second:  Scott Maurer ADOPTED

Ditches & Overhanging Branches

Maintenance of the county rights of way has lagged recently due to funding issues.  Agriculture's use of these roads continues to grow and the specific needs of agriculture include more than an average passenger car requires.  These needs of agriculture should be conveyed to JDOT & MDOT and a dialog maintained to address these concerns.

Heavy emphasis should be placed on keeping overhead limbs of trees trimmed ABOVE the 13'6" maximum clearance of vehicles.  Low hanging branches should also be trimmed all the way back to the base of said branch.

Jackson County Farm Bureau resolves to partner with JDOT & MDOT to dialog regarding these concerns related to ditches and low hanging braches along roadways in Jackson County. 

Motion:  Brian Sanford Second:  Sarah Lightner ADOPTED


State Resolutions


Wildlife Management - Anter Point Restriction

Current over-population of deer in lower Michigan and Jackson County is responsible for the increase in disease.

Therefore, Jackson County Farm Bureau recommends there should be no additional limitations or restriction set on deer hunting permits.  Motion:  Greg Sanford Second:  David Lightner ADOPTED

Wildlife Management - Sandhill Cranes

Increased crop damage is caused by the increase in the sandhill crane populations.

Therefore, Jackson County Farm Bureau recommends a permit based season open to the public should be set for the reduction of the sandhill crane population.  Motion:  James Wardius Second:  Linda Hutchinson ADOPTED

Wildlife Management - Turkeys

As the amount of crop damage done by wild turkeys increases each year, crop yield potential is decreased.

Therefore, Jackson County Farm Bureau recommends an increase in the number of turkeys a hunter is allowed to take and the number of permits issued should be put into place.  Motion:  Brian Sanford Second:  Sarah Lightner ADOPTED

Wildlife Management - Wolves

Jackson County Farm Bureau supports Public Act 520 which established the wolf as a game species. 

Motion:  Greg Sanford Second:  Gary Spicer ADOPTED

Michigan GAAMPs Curriculum

Michigan is the second most agriculturally diversified state in the nation and Michigan agriculture is a $91 billion industry.  Graduating agriculture students in the state are lacking basic knowledge of the working GAAMPs in Michigan and are therefore unprepared to deal with misinterpretation of farm issues and faulty information disseminated by animal activists and environmental groups. 

Therefore, Jackson County Farm Bureau recommends that Michigan State University and other colleges and/or universities in Michigan who offer agricultural curriculum, include a course on Michigan GAAMPs. 

Motion:  James Wardius Second:  Alysa Sanford ADOPTED

Road Improvement Funding

Currently Michigan law requires municipalities to procure road maintenance and upgrade projects through the county road commission or road agency.  While this allows for streamlined supervision of the project to maintain construction standards, it also allows for inflated costs to local municipalities for overhead and administrative costs added by the various counties.

Therefore, Jackson County Farm Bureau encourages the state to allow municipalities/townships to seek private company bids for sealing and maintenance of roads.  This would allow a cost savings emphasis for communities to better spend tax dollars.  Motion:  Brian Sanford Second:  Alysa Sanford ADOPTED

Energy Advisory Committee

As energy demands of Michigan agriculture continue to increase in scope and size, Michigan Farm Bureau needs to be ready to contribute to that discussion and implementation process in a quick and knowledgeable position.

Therefore, Jackson County Farm Bureau suggests that Michigan Farm Bureau develop an energy advisory committee that reports directly to the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors in the same manner as other MFB advisory committees. Items needed to be addressed include project timetables, consumers and infrastructure needs, energy company employee training needs and issues.  Motion:  Greg Sanford Second:  Paul Lincoln ADOPTED

Strengthening County Farm Bureaus & Regular Member Involvement

The number of county farm bureaus experiencing financial shortfalls and program cutbacks continues to increase; the future trend lines indicate greater disparities between the have and the have not counties under the current method of financing county farm bureaus.

Therefore, Jackson County Farm Bureau requests the Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies design a process that addresses restoring county farm bureau equity regardless of location and zip code. 

Motion:  James Wardius Second:  Alysa Sanford ADOPTED

Legal, Estate Planning & Trust Department Services

County Farm Bureau members are experiencing increasing needs for technical legal services as farm businesses grow larger in size, complexity and value.

Therefore, Jackson County Farm Bureau requests the Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies review and determine the feasibility of providing some or all of these services within the family of companies. For those services not determined to be available within the family of companies, a reference list of creditable providers will be made available to farm bureau members upon request.  Motion:  Brian Sanford Second:  Sarah Lightner ADOPTED

Michigan Farm Bureau Foundation

The MFB Foundation is still in its formative years and currently the funding sources are the Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies.  Additional funding sources are possible that would provide the opportunity to establish a sizable endowment from which 5% a year could be available to provide "seed monies" for innovative, entrepreneurial ideas/issues that percolate throughout the organization that have merit to initiate.

Therefore, Jackson County Farm Bureau recommends Michigan Farm Bureau expand the Foundation to include an endowment component.  Motion:  Greg Sanford Second:  Scott Maurer ADOPTED

Delayed Income Tax Refunds

Michigan income tax returns are not being reviewed and processed according to the dates they are received, creating long delays for receipt of refunds.  Checking on the status of a return/refund is a very difficult process.

Therefore, Jackson County Farm Bureau recommends that the state of Michigan should handle income tax returns in a more timely fashion, processing and reviewing them in the order they are received.  The phone procedure to check on the status of a return or a refund should be made easier; allowing the option to speak to a person instead of requiring a taxpayer to enter information from the return into the voice mail system. 

Motion:  James Wardius Second:  Alysa Sanford ADOPTED