By Garrett Hawkins, President of Missouri Farm Bureau
Brutal. Miserable. Those were a couple of words (among others) used to describe the recent Arctic blast. As farmers and ranchers, we know dealing with the elements is part of the job, but that didn’t make it easy to manage through the bitter cold and snow to keep hay out and water available. Our animals were, and are, our priority.
For Missouri Farm Bureau (MOFB), serving member families is the highest priority. Our efforts make a positive difference in the lives of farmers and ranchers and, frankly, all Missourians. Carrying our member-adopted policies to Washington is one way we serve as we work to make a positive impact on the legislative process.
Our members bring a well-informed, common-sense approach to policymaking. If Congress implemented their ideas, it would make a positive impact on our country. Here are a few of the recommendations we recently shared with Missouri’s Congressional delegation:
In a broader sense, MOFB is engaged in issues impacting the rural way of life. This includes supporting transportation, energy, healthcare and many other issues that affect our everyday lives. Keeping our communities strong is critical if we want new generations to return to them and thrive.
We also need to ensure families can keep their farms and small businesses intact so they can pass them down to their children. Our members believe it should be a high priority to secure permanent estate tax repeal and maintain key components of capital gains tax law, including preserving stepped-up basis.
The list may seem lengthy, but it is incumbent upon us to make sure our elected officials are aware of the breadth of the issues on farmers’ minds. Guided by common-sense policies, we can move rural America forward and strengthen it for the future.