Ever-present Taxes, Weeds On Farm Bureau's Agenda

September 04, 1991|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff writer

County farmers will put growth, taxes, recycling and weeds on the table tonight at the Carroll County Farm Bureau meeting.

The group'sboard of directors will discuss its legislative agenda for 1991-1992, Vice President Gary Brauning II said.

Brauning's legislative committee will present a slate of resolutions, but members are welcome to bring up other issues, he said.

"The floor will be open. Anything can come up," Brauning said.

The resolutions the committee will recommend -- seven at the county level,three at the state and four at the national -- are similar to what the Farm Bureau supported last year, he said.

The resolutions are issues members have deemed important. Members will vote on the resolutions at their annual meeting Oct. 22.

John Datt, executive director of the American Farm Bureau Federation's Washington office, will bethe guest speaker at the annual meeting, said Jean Knill, the countybureau's information director.

Datt, who's been with the federation for 41 years, said he will give farmers "a Washington report."

He'll provide an update on what's happening in Congress with wetlandsand other legislation, he said.

Datt, a western Pennsylvania native, has been the executive director of the Washington office since 1979.

The county board of directors will meet 8 tonight in the library at the Agriculture Center in Westminster to discuss the following resolutions:

* Farmers market -- The bureau supports the new market in South Carroll and asks the Board of County Commissioners for help to establish other markets.

* Deer and groundhogs -- These animals are destroying crops, Brauning said. Members will discuss ways to deal with the problem.

* Farmland preservation -- The bureau supports the state's Agricultural Land Preservation Program and recommendsthat the county commissioners continue to explore alternative ways to pay farmers for development rights.

State and county money for the program has been cut because of recent budget shortfalls. Farm Bureau members are recommending the county also explore sources of private money, such as the American Farmland Trust in Washington, Brauningsaid.

* The Future of Agriculture report -- The bureau recommendsthe county commissioners continue to implement the findings of this report, which was written last year by a citizens committee.

Last fall, the commissioners appointed an advisory Agriculture Commission,which the report recommended.

* Transfer tax -- The bureau supports the creation of a county transfer tax to be used for roads, schools, bridges, farmland preservation and other capital improvements.

* Impact fees -- The bureau supports the continued use of impact feeson new development to offset the increased cost of services for residents.

* Controlling growth -- The bureau urges the county commissioners to keep the growth rate in line with the government's ability to provide services.

* Weeds -- The bureau supports the county government's efforts to control weeds such as shatter cane, thistle, multiflora rose and Johnson grass on agricultural lands.

* Recycling -- The bureau supports county efforts to recycle in order to manage the growing trash problem.

Information: 857-5503.

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