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The policies printed in this booklet were developed through a process involving the participation of individual members in the study, discussion and action on recommendations from within their county Farm Bureaus. The Cooperative Extension Service has long been a partnership of local communities, WVU and USDA.These recommendations were then considered by a state Resolutions Committee, made up of representatives from every county Farm Bureau. Ensuring local support improves program development, increases impact and helps secure local funding and other resources.These policy recommendations are adopted by a majority vote of the voting delegates from member state Farm Bureaus. Recognizing that young people of today will be the leaders of tomorrow, we support the 4-H Club work program.These polices represent West Virginia Farm Bureau’s public policy goals for 2017 and are deemed essential in attaining the long-term goal of better opportunities for farm families. CONTROL OF RABIES AND ADMINISTRATION OF VACCINE 24. We oppose lowering the traditionally high standards for 4-H programs in order to increase the enrollment, or for any other reasons.We believe that legislation and regulations favorable to all sectors of agriculture should be aggressively developed in cooperation with allied groups possessing common goals. During recent years of budget cuts, West Virginia University has been under-funded when compared to other states’ institutions of higher education. WVU ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS West Virginia Farm Bureau is gravely concerned by the exorbitant administrative costs, increase of tuition and fees per student at West Virginia University.We support the right of private organizations to require membership as a prerequisite for member services. West Virginia Farm Bureau supports the Governor and the Legislature in making every effort to restore funds to our flagship institution so that we may once again be competitive with surrounding land grant institutions in regards to professors’ salaries and research funding. We recommend that the president of West Virginia University initiate action to reduce administrative costs.Individual freedom and opportunity must not be sacrificed in a quest for guaranteed security. If cuts are necessary, they should occur at the administrative level. WVU DAVIS COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES AND DESIGN Our College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station are suffering from a lack of state financial support to the extent that the buildings and farms cannot be maintained in even a reasonable state of repair.We believe in government by legislative and constitutional law, impartially administered, without special privilege. REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF LIVESTOCK, POULTRY AND AQUACULTURE 16. West Virginia’s state support compared to federal funding is one of the lowest in the nation.
WV 4-H CLUB PROGRAM AND JACKSON’S MILL 4-H CONFERENCE CENTER 59. WVU DAVIS COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES AND DESIGN 61. WV DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT 69. West Virginia Farm Bureau recommends continued support for vocational agriculture in public secondary schools. WV 4-H CLUB PROGRAM AND JACKSON’S MILL 4-H CONFERENCE CENTER West Virginia Farm Bureau strongly supports the traditional 4-H program in West Virginia and we oppose any proposals to remove any reference to religion and worship from the 4-H program. We encourage West Virginia University to put more emphasis on improving and using Jackson’s Mill. Jackson’s Mill should be maintained and the facilities improved with additional private housing.West Virginia Farm Bureau is a voluntary, non-governmental organization, wholly controlled by its members. West Virginia Farm Bureau will continue to support a sound WVU Extension Service program.Financed by membership dues, it exists to provide a means by which farmers can work together toward the goals upon which they agree. We recommend that a minimum of one agent and one secretary be placed in each county.