33. Farm Bureau of New York
(Latest update 2001)
P. O. Box 992
Glenmont, NY 12077-0992
Fax (5l8) 431-5656
Web Site: www.fb.com/nyfb
John Lincoln, President, Farm Bureau of New York
Jeffery H. Kirby, Administrator
Staff - Local /State government issues:
Kyle A. Stewart, Associate Director of Governmental Relations
Judy, Feagles-Littrell, Field Advisor, Saratoga, Schenectady, Washington, Rensselaer, Montgomery, Fulton Counties
Comprised of each county farm bureau
Other Income: $1,818,883
Each County Farm Bureau coordinates with the State Farm Bureau, and the State Farm Bureau is governed by the County Farm Bureaus. In addition, the State Farm Bureaus together form the American Farm Bureau Federation, based in Park Ridge, Ill., with a major lobbying office in Washington, D.C.
Farm Bureau Beliefs include:
"Property rights are among the human rights essential to the preservation of individual freedom."
In addition to the organizational goals, the State Farm Bureau votes on official policies, which are published, and include private property rights and a number of related policies, such as opposition to the Adirondack Park Agency and wetlands takings.
In the 1999 New York Farm Bureau book of policies, fully two pages with a preamble and 14 policy statements are devoted to private property rights. The first policy statement is:
"We recommend the enactment of a law which protects the property rights of an individual against all actions of either the Legislature or an agency of government which compromises the use of the property without property compensation to the owner."
The eight policy states:
"We oppose the practice of private, not-for-profit land conservancy organizations buying private land at low cost for resale to governments at a profit."
Among the many pro-private property policies in the section on the Adirondack Park are:
"l. We support the abolishment of the Adirondack Park Agency."
"8. We recommend that a local independent board of appeals be established to review permit requests denied by the Adirondack Park Agency."
"13. We recommend that state lands be harvested according to prudent forest management practices. This process could allow some income from publicly owned forest land and produce an ecological environment (feed) for the dwindling deer and bear population in deep aging forest areas."
Also related to private property rights, substantial space is devoted to "Estate Taxes," a full page to policies related to eminent domain, a full page to abandoned railroads and linear parks, one and one-half pages to wetlands policy, two and one-half pages to "Water Management" with several policies opposed to commissions or programs such as the Lake Champlain Basin program evolving into regional governing bodies, nearly a page devoted to the "Catskill Region," nearly a page to the Hudson Valley Greenway, a full page devoted to the "Forest industry," nearly a page devoted to the U.S. Forest Service and opposition to the current expansion of the Finger Lakes National Forest, one page to liability insurance including tort reform, and nearly one page to "Tribal Issues."
In addition, the policies include a three-page section on "Real Property Taxes," which includes:
"1. We support true property tax reform in New York State by shifting the financing of education, social services, etc. from the real property tax to other taxes such as income and/or sales tax. The real property tax should remain exclusively a local tax source."
Because of its opposition to land acquisition, the Farm Bureau
of New York was a major factor in the defeat of the 1990 Environmental
Quality Bond Act.