Political Issue Committee
All Mississippians, regardless of their profession, are impacted by “pocketbook” issues. These issues include property tax, sales tax, user taxes and fees, health care, crime, education, waste disposal and others. The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) carefully monitors any and all issues affecting the membership, especially those that directly relate to the enhancement of our members’ quality of life. MFBF strives to improve and protect our members’ economic position and carefully takes appropriate steps to response to them, based on the policies adopted by the Farm Bureau delegates.
PIC is governed by a board composed of members of the MFBF Board of Directors. These directors are elected by county delegates at the MFBF annual meeting. The PIC board authorizes the issues that will be targeted each year and a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote is required to expend PIC funds.
The Political Issue Committee (PIC) is used to target these issues. PIC funds are used to promote the passage or defeat of specific issues that will be voted on by: (1) the state’s registered voters; (2) members of the state’s legislature; or (3) by specific segments of the farming community such as cotton producers, beef producers, soybean producers, ect. Farm-related issues have included Boll Weevil Eradication, Rice Promotion and Soybean checkoff referendums, as well as, the passage of private property rights, better known as eminent domain. Farm Bureau supported these issues as sound, beneficial programs that will enhance producers’ net income and improve their quality of life. PIC funds provided the organization a valuable means of being able to go beyond its normal efforts in each of these cases.
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