Indiana Farm Bureau’s policy book reflects the opinions of our members relating to agriculture and rural issues. These policy positions guide our legislative and regulatory action on these important issues.
Indiana Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization. Policy is developed from the opinions and values of our members. Every member has an opportunity to weigh in with his or her thoughts for improving opportunities for farms and rural Indiana.
The flow chart below shows how Farm Bureau members develop policy.
Policy development begins at the county level. Indiana’s 92 county Farm Bureaus discuss and research issues important to farmers and rural communities during meetings in spring and early summer. Counties submit their policy recommendations to the state office via a policy recommendation form by mid-June. Policy recommendations may be additions, deletions or reaffirmations of current policy. Following the counties’ submissions and those of the policy advisory groups, the state office compiles the recommendations into the policy recommendations report. The report is provided to the state resolutions committee in mid-July. The committee meets a few weeks prior to the delegate session to review the policy development recommendations. It submits a report for the delegate body to vote on at the delegate session in August.
The president of Indiana Farm Bureau appoints the state resolutions committee. It includes one member from each district (county presidents who serve on a rotating basis), a representative from the State Young Farmers & Ag Professionals Committee, a representative from a Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter and a representative from a policy advisory group.