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Our policies are born from the local Granges across Pennsylvania. Legislative proposals, called resolutions, are brought forth by members and debated at the local Grange meeting. Those that pass at the local level are brought before the State Grange Convention and debated, with passing resolutions becoming State Grange Policy, available in our Journal of Proceedings and Legislative Policy Book. When appropriate, these policies are passed to the National Grange to be debated and voted on by the delegates at the National Grange Convention. Policy at the State and National Grange is developed by membership and implemented by staff in a truly grassroots fashion.
The Grange is committed to an issue-based grassroots process which allows us to support civic leaders based on policy rather than local politics. Although we do not support individual candidates, we strongly encourage our membership to engage in local politics and elections that can better the communities they serve. We open our Grange Halls for candidate debates, issue forums and other civic meetings and strongly believe that voting and participation in our governing systems is a civic responsibility.
Farm Bill Power Point
Here is a good power point by the National Journal that discusses major provisions of the Farm Bill, adds political perspective and addresses the impacts on agriculture of China tariffs and the withdrawal from NAFTA. As the Farm Bill heads toward full House action as early as next week, I thought this might be helpful.
--Burton Eller, National Grange Legislative Director
On Wednesday, April 4, the nation's oldest agriculture advocacy organization, the National Grange, released a statement about the potential trade war with China that could devastate America's agricultural sector and do great harm to our economy.
National Grange President Betsy E. Huber said in the statement:
"The National Grange message to the White House is “Mr. President, do no harm to agriculture.” Our looming trade war with China is serious and will be devastating to America’s farmers and ranchers. Commodity prices at the farm gate are already at levels far below profitability. If current trade posturing does escalate to a full-fledged trade war with China, our country will slip from an agriculture recession today into an agriculture depression tomorrow. China has shown it is more than willing to target America’s food producers with retaliatory tariffs on our ag exports.
"China appears ready to target America’s most valuable food and agriculture exports with serious retaliatory tariffs. Soybeans, pork, apples, cherries, wine, grapes, oranges and pistachios appear to be at the top of China’s retaliatory list. Chinese tariffs will close markets, dam up market channels, and cause commodity prices to fall even more. For example, if a 10 percent tariff were to be placed on soybeans, U.S. soybean exports would fall by a third, according to the U.S. Soybean Export Council. A 30 percent tariff would drop U.S. soybean exports to China by 71 percent.
"Other countries around the world are anxiously waiting to pick up America’s food and agriculture export markets from a U.S.-China trade war. These lost markets would be very difficult to regain later. We again ask the Administration to do no harm to agriculture."
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