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Tuesday 01/15/13

AFBF Resolution Debate: RFS, School Lunches and Sharia Law

Too many things were going on in the American Farm Bureau Federation delegate session in the late afternoon on Tuesday.

Honestly, it's raining in Nashville and getting colder. As delegates pour over some details on policy involving the EPA, I'm thinking I'm not getting out of Nashville on my evening flight tonight. We'll see how that goes.

Last year, AFBF was in Hawaii. I think there was a greater sense of urgency to get out of the convention center than this year.

As it is, my main article today was getting long, so here are some other resolutions AFBF delegates debated today:

Farm Bureau members inserted a line stating the group supports the Renewable Fuels Standard as it was approved by Congress in 2007. The added line passed with no discussion.

With the Conservation Reserve Program, Farm Bureau members believe haying and grazing decisions should be permitted at the discretion of state Farm Service Agency offices rather than at the office of the Agriculture Secretary.

Following the backlash USDA has received over changes in school-lunch standards, Farm Bureau wants greater flexibility with the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs to ensure local school districts are able to determine how to meet the nutritional needs of their students.

On food labeling, products produced mostly in another country and "finished" in the U.S. or simply moved to the U.S. before final sale should not be labeled as U.S. produced.

Delegates supported criminal prosecution for people obtaining employment or entry to agricultural facilities under false pretenses. They also supported legislation that requires persons witnessing animal abuse to report it to management and/or proper authorities within 24 hours or face being charged as an accomplice.

Delegates support allowing collection of sales taxes on internet sales. Some delegates did not want those sales taxes to apply to agricultural inputs, but others argued that internet sales were hurting their small-town retailers.

Support the elimination of the 7.5% adjusted gross income threshold for deducting medical expenses on tax returns and expanding the tax credit for health savings accounts.

Review of USDA FSA office closures should include miles driven between offices, workloads and inter-agency efficiencies.

Delegates rejected a proposed resolution from a gay Hawaiian Farm Bureau member to delete the policy book's definition of family.

And delegates voted to oppose the insertion of Sharia law into the U.S. judicial system.

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Posted at 3:54PM CST 01/15/13 by Chris Clayton
Comments (7)
I feel so safe with an organization that opposes Sharia law in the US judicial system! I must say I do employ the Farm Bureau to do my taxes and how do you think such an ALL AMERICAN group bills you for this service???? Well they charge on how much money you make,,, talk about SOCIALISM!!!! So you have a heavily conservative group which supported Romney and gave all sorts of rants about how our government is Socialist and now oppose Sharia law while charging members on how much money they make???? What next, guys?
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:15PM CST 01/15/13
The AFB is irrelevant and becomes more so each day. Narrow minded and self serving pseudo conservatives who berate the government and all things not like them until they have their hands out for their �hard earned� entitlements at which time government programs are great. Absolutely no worldly view. The origin of the modern day Tea Party.
Posted by Don Thompson at 8:30AM CST 01/16/13
If they were to partner at the hip with the United States Chamber of Commerce, would that actually create one whole service?
Posted by Ric Ohge at 9:41AM CST 01/16/13
Yes it is pathetic - a group that promotes investment/profit guarantees for certain select farm businesses and is at the same time is opposed to investment/profit guarantees for other small businesses.
Posted by Lon Truly at 10:07AM CST 01/16/13
Lon, apparently u r not one of the selected groups. I feel soooo sad
Posted by Unknown at 10:28AM CST 01/18/13
lno ,keep driving down your unsubsidized mud roads. I probally pay more taxes than u make u little whiner.
Posted by Unknown at 10:51AM CST 01/18/13
Unknown - You are wrong again. My tax liability is major and the investment/profit guarantees and ag subsidies offered me are disgustingly large.
Posted by Lon Truly at 9:10AM CST 01/20/13
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