Policy development is at the heart of the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting, but there is some consternation over possible changes for the delegate session. “Depending on the report from the rules committee is received by the delegates once they are seated, there may not as much debate as there has been in the past; I feel this is a disservice to the delegates,” said Pete Hanebutt. “A lot of us in the Midwest disagree with the way the proceedings will happen for amending and debate. Limiting debate doesn’t seem to be healthy, but that’s a choice the rules committee at the American Farm Bureau level made and they’re going to have to live with it.” Hanebutt says one issue that needs to be addressed is the timing for emergency haying on CRP or other setaside acres. “It makes no sense to have a date sensitive for when you can emergency hay in time of need, a date that is good for Alabama and good for North Dakota. We have different seasons and we have different crops, it makes absolutely no sense.” RRFN’s coverage of the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention is sponsored, in part, by NDFB.
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