Just as members did nearly 100 years ago, leaders of the Audrain County Farm Bureau attended the Missouri Farm Bureau annual meeting to discuss and approve legislative policies for the coming year. They also took part in celebrating the centennial meeting of the state’s largest farm organization. The occasion drew a record crowd of nearly 1,500 members to Tan-Tar-A at Lake of the Ozarks December 6-9. Past County Farm Bureau presidents and other leaders who have served the organization were invited to join in the celebration.
The delegates representing area farmers and ranchers voted on a number of important rural issues. Among them was reducing the current 1% cap on foreign ownership of Missouri farmland to .5%, continuing to push back against the aggressive regulatory agenda pursued by federal and state agencies, and supporting the development of a new voluntary Missouri beef checkoff, but, opposing a second USDA beef checkoff.
The delegates also agreed to require voter renewal of the 1/8-cent conservation sales tax and change term limits as part of campaign reform.
There were dozens of other issues debated and the resulting policy passed by delegates will guide Farm Bureau through 2015. The complete 2015 policy will be posted online at mofb.org.
Those attending from Audrain County and shown were Patty Fennewald, Barb Wilson, Sophie Fennewald, Darren Reynolds, Robin Reynolds, Erma Wrye, Susie Johnson, Jeff Fennewald, Bruce Wilson, Gary Wrye, Jerry Johnson, Brent Erisman, and Joann Roth.