Proposed Policy


State Resolutions


Youth Employment

The 2011 National Farm Bureau Policy Book states that "we support enforcement of federal child labor laws designed to prevent underage children from working in all industries.  We support existing Fair Labor Standards Act provisions, which specify and provide opportunities for young people of the proper age to perform certain agriculture." (Policy No. 135, p. 16).

Additionally, the policy books states that "we support career and technical education and post high school job training and retraining." (Policy No. 146, p. 27).

Neither of these policies sufficiently addresses the importance of youth vocational training.  Youth can develop significant skills and obtain invaluable life experience through firsthand engagement in a successful business.  Agriculture in particular is an ideal area for youth involvement.  The current labor laws restrict children under 16 to non-school hours and limited activities.

We request that the policy be rephrased to read as follows:

"We support enforcement of federal child labor laws designed to prevent underage children from working in all industries.  However, we also recognize that early employment in agriculture can provide youth with significant life skills and experience.  We support expanding the Fair Labor Standards Act to maximize the number of reasonably safe opportunities for young people of the proper age to work in agriculture." ADOPTED

Deer Permits

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources ("MDNR") issues qualifying landowners antlerless deer permits and Deer Management Assistance Permits ("DMAPs") each year.  The MDNR relies on local complaints and field observations to set the number of available antlerless licenses per deer management unit.  To qualify for a DMAP, owners must be in an area where the MDNR has declared antlerless hunting opportunities to be insufficient, agricultural damage has been documented, a serious disease outbreak has occurred, or a safety hazard exists.  Antlerless hunting licenses and DMAPs also grant an expanded hunting season.

The MDNR's quotas are inconsistent between deer management units.  For instance, permits are currently available in Crawford, Antrim, Montmorency, and Charlevoix counties, but not in Otsego County.  These quotas are based on sporadic local complaints and field observations which do not accurately reflect the size, movement, or agricultural impact of deer populations.

We request that the MDNR use objective standards to adopt more uniform quotas and hunting seasons across Michigan to control the deer population. ADOPTED