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Water Voting Record

The water legislation adopting the Great Lakes Compact and implementing the water assessment tool was signed into law by Governor Jennifer Granholm on July 9, 2008 at a special ceremony held on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Saugatuck, Mich. Prior to agreement in the House and Senate, MFB had supported the Senate's water package and opposed the House version (see House and Senate “initial vote”). However, MFB supported the final legislation as the agreements respect Michigan agriculture and ensure continued growth within the industry (see House and Senate “final vote”).

Agricultural Representation
We're there and we're effective!

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With nearly 1,000 registered lobbying organizations in Michigan, Farm Bureau's ranking as one of the top lobbying organizations proves that our member-developed grass roots policy is being heard in the halls of the Michigan Capitol and in Washington. While most organizations have member dues priced in the hundreds of dollars, Farm Bureau has shown that you don't have to be pricey to be effective.

County Issues -- "Not in my backyard" is a catch phrase. What happens in your backyard is of concern to all Farm Bureau members. County Issues committees provide members with a great opportunity to determine the future of their communities and help mold their neighborhoods for coming generations.

State Affairs -- During a legislative session, thousands of bills and resolutions are introduced by members of the Michigan House and Senate resulting in hundreds of new laws. Farm Bureau will review and monitor these bills and resolutions for their potential impact on agriculture and rural communities.

National Affairs -- Sometimes it seems the "big" national issues are so far removed from your farm and community, that you feel powerless to influence the outcome. No matter how complicated and overwhelming a national issue may seem, your voice is being heard because you're a Farm Bureau member.

To become involved in Farm Bureau's Local, State or National issues contact your County Farm Bureau Office or the Michigan Farm Bureau at 1-800-292-2680 ext. 2042.

Michigan Farm Bureau Public Policy Staff

Sarah Black, Director, Public Policy and Commodity Division
Legislative, Regulatory, Political, Policy Development, Environmental and Commodity Programs

Ryan Findlay, National Legislative Counsel
National Issues

Mindy Pung, Administrative Coordinator
AgriPac Administration, Washington Legislative Seminar Coordination, Public Policy Committees

State Governmental Affairs Department

Tonia Ritter, Manager
Production Ag, Law, Elections

Rob Anderson, Legislative Counsel
Insurance, Health, Safety, Labor

Rebecca Park, Associate Legislative Counsel
Natural Resources, Taxation, Higher Education

Matt Smego, Legislative Counsel
Environment, Energy, Transportation

Nicole Sevrey, Legislative Communications Specialist
Bill Tracking, Event Coordination