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AMERICAN FARM
BUREAU FEDERATION

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.

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.

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.

Unlike other organizations, PIC funds are NOT used to support a political candidate or party. Only issues for which Farm Bureau has official policy or an official position can be targeted.
Contributing to PIC is completely voluntary. A Farm Bureau member is going to benefit from Farm Bureau’s efforts just because they belong to the organization. By voluntarily contributing $1.00 to PIC, the member is simply providing the organization an opportunity to stretch its efforts beyond what the normal dues will allow.

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.

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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