Farm Bureau Views

Private property rights essential to this nation – Feb. 2015

—Land held privately provides more benefits than federal ownership Most of the folks in agriculture are very aware of private property rights and indeed most understand that absent private property our system of agriculture would falter.  Agriculture has helped not only to drive the economic engine that is our economy but has provided a surplus of food that helps feed the world. Read Full Article

We’ve come a long ways – Dec. 2014/Jan. 2015

–Take a look at blessings versus negative media coverage Where am I going and why am I in this hand basket? I’m sure many of us have that feeling every so often.  I’m just as sure that my grandparents also had the same kind of feeling about how things were going.  Looking back on some of the crises in our nation’s history most of us living today can be glad that we don’t have the problems with which our ancestors had to deal.  Read Full Article

‘Got to have a regulation’ mentality is damaging – November 2014

November is voting season for Americans.  As one of the longest running republics, Americans have a long history of going to the polls.  Many Americans don’t do that however, and from time to time we hear calls for a mandatory voting process.  Whether this will result in different outcomes is debatable because in most elections people aren’t voting based on an extensive research of candidates.  Indeed many will vote for someone because they like the way they style their hair, or perhaps they were at a function and a political candidate stopped and visited briefly with them. Read Full Article

Climate change is not a good excuse – Sept. 2014

Recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife announced they were not going to list the wolverine as threatened or endangered.  The document stated the major reason for consideration of the listing, climate change, had so many variables that it was difficult to tell what the impact would be and therefore whether it would result in wolverines declining or increasing.  It should be noted that in the original listing proposal it was stated that wolverines were gone from certain areas in the Mid-West because of earlier climate changes (back in the late 1700s and early 1800s) and that in parts of the Read Full Article

Who owns the airspace? – July/Aug 2014

Recently Congress asked the Federal Aeronautics Administration (FAA) to promulgate some rules that would deal with unmanned aerial aircraft or as most of us call them “drones.”   This issue has been on the FAA’s plate for a number of years.  The ability to come up with a workable answer of how to regulate them may be the big reason for the delay. Read Full Article

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