Local farm bureau affirms stance on pressing ag issues

COVENTRY – Natural gas exploration, milk pricing, alternative energy products and country of origin labeling are some of the hot-button issues for local agricultural producers, according to the latest policy resolutions ratified by the Chenango County Farm Bureau.

Members of the farm advocacy organization reaffirmed 15 existing local, state and national policies and approved 16 new resolutions regarding their stance on industry issues at the group’s annual dinner, held Tuesday at the Silo Restaurant in Coventry.

“Policy development starts at the grassroots level, by those that participate,” CCFB President Bradd Vickers, said as he addressed the 50 or more members who attended the event.

Several policy items pertained to the dairy industry, which is of paramount concern for many local farmers.

Bob Shaw of Lyon Brook Farms in the Town of Guilford was unhappy with the way in which one of the proposed state resolutions was worded.

“It’s not strong enough,” he said, referring to the language of resolution 13 which “encouraged” an investigation into allegations of milk price manipulation and anti-trust violations in the beef and dairy industry.

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