Created: 11/21/11 (Mon) | Topic: Issues
Constitutional amendments are priority issues for NDFB
North Dakota Farm Bureau members established the passage of a constitutional amendment to protect the farmers’ right to engage in modern farming practices as the primary priority issue for the organization in 2012.
NDFB is leading the petition drive to place the issue on the ballot. The measure committee, called “Feeding Families…Today. Tomorrow. Forever.” is seeking to acquire 26,904 signatures before August 2012 to place on the ballot.
The ballot measure reads: “The right of farmers and ranchers to engage in modern farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state. No law shall be enacted which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production and ranching practices.”
As its second priority, the members adopted a resolution that states, “Because NDFB believes in local control, we support the concept of property tax. Therefore, we oppose Measure #2 on the 2012 June ballot and encourage a “no” vote on the initiated measure that will repeal the property tax in North Dakota.”
The convention delegates adopt policies from resolutions that were submitted by county Farm Bureaus. Following the delegate session, the standing committees meet to adopt priority issues. Those priority issues are ratified by the NDFB Board of Directors.
Other priority issues, in no particular order, include:
• We support increased state funding for repairs and maintenance of county and township infrastructure to repair road damages as a result of various forms of traffic.
• We support legislation that would empower the Public Service Commission (PSC) to ban any communications technology that degrades or interferes with GPS signals, and encourage NDFB to join the Save Our GPS coalition.
• We favor valuation of agricultural land, for tax purposes, be based on a productivity formula.
• NDFB supports property tax reform and permanent property tax relief.
• We object to the Environment Protection Agency's (EPA) proposing lowering of the current eight-hour ozone standard, which will put McKenzie County and potentially North Dakota into non-attainment.
• We oppose the establishment of the Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area.
• All new conservation and preservation easements should be in effect only as long as the signer of the easements owns the land. NDFB stands opposed to perpetual easements.
• The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers should allow access to Lake Sakakawea for industrial use in oil well fracturing operations.
• We support the oil and gas industries use of hydraulic fracturing in the exploration and recovery process. Hydraulic fracturing should continue to be regulated by the states, rather than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
• Conservation compliance shall not be a prerequisite for federal crop insurance.