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Policy advisory groups to meet in June

—By Mindy Reef
Public Relations Team

Seven policy advisory groups will meet during the month of June to review county Farm Bureau policy recommendations relevant to their areas of expertise. The groups will also determine if they have their own recommendations to submit.

“Each policy advisory group brings a level of knowledge about their issue that will boost the quality of our public policy discussions and decisions,” said Bob White, IFB’s retail agriculture business specialist.

While commodity-specific issues still play an important role in Farm Bureau policy making, many issues today affect farmers who have less in common when it comes to crops and more when it comes to farm types, regulations or resources. The advisory groups enhance issue discussion, policy development and policy implementation.

The rural development PAG will meet on June 24. The remaining six PAGs – government and fiscal policy, livestock and animal care, crops and farm policy, transportation, property rights and nutrient management – will meet on June 30.

The groups are a recent addition to IFB’s policy process. Their topics came about from internal and external conversations with members and other stakeholders. Groups may be added or disbanded as priorities change. For more information, contact Bob White, bwhite@infb.org or 317-692-7823.

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