Ringing in 2012 the Farm Bureau way
Water issues, too, still loom. Farm Bureau is leading both legal and policy efforts against EPA’s Chesapeake Bay regulations, which unlawfully usurp states’ authority. Left uncontested, EPA’s unprecedented initiative could set the stage for federal mandates on land use and water quality regulations nationwide, which could negatively affect all farmers and ranchers.
Other issues on the horizon include continuing to work toward comprehensive farm labor and immigration reform plans, maintaining our efforts to combat anti-agriculture animal welfare initiatives, and making sure agriculture’s voice is heard during the 2012 elections.
As we ring in 2012, I wish you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous year. Or, as the Irish toast goes, “May your right hand always be stretched out in friendship but never in want.” Happy New Year.