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Farm Bureau to meet April 17, state president featured speaker

Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity and social advancement and, thereby, to promote the national well-being.

Farm Bureau is local, county, state, national and international in its scope and influence and is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-secret in character. Farm Bureau is the voice of our local agricultural producers.

There are a lot of things we can accomplish as a group that we have not been able to accomplish solo.

The local organization has been very active in trying to stop HB 1188. If this bill passes, it will take the private property rights away from those of us who own property along the river. Trespassing on our property will be legal!

This is not the only bill that will be damaging to us. We need to group together and work for the future of those behind us that would like to live their lives in agriculture. It is now the time to work for them and their future as well as our survival. Property rights are among the human rights essential to the preservation of our individual freedom.

We believe that legislation and regulations favorable to all sectors of agriculture should be aggressively developed in cooperation with allied groups possessing common goals. Our member-written policies deal with farm and ranch families, but are a great benefit to non farm families as well. That is the reason farmers and ranchers founded Farm Bureau in 1919.

The American Farm Bureau Federation is the unified national voice of agriculture. AFBF works through our grassroots organizations to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong prosperous agricultural communities.

We are the most respected and grassroots organization in the world. We are working on behalf of American agriculture, to build relationships with allies to achieve our goals. We provide active members and staff with skills and information necessary to become agriculture leaders. We are financially strong and are therefore able to fund programs as authorized by the board of directors.

Come join us April 17 at 11 a.m. at the County Extension Building for a barbecue. Our state president, Alan Foutz, will be the guest speaker. Our local candidates have also been invited to speak and answer your questions.