MIDDLEPORT — State Senator Lou Gentile was the speaker at the annual meeting of the Meigs County Farm Bureau held Monday night at the Middleport Masonic Temple.
Gentile who is the ranking member on the Agriculture Committee talked about his involvement in seeing that farmers in Ohio are given every opportunity they need to achieve success. His emphasis was on protecting and promoting farmers in Ohio, a resolution of concern passed at the banquet by the Farm Bureau members.
He also spoke about another Farm Bureau resolution which deals with the necessity for equal education funding across the state and assured the members he is working to see it happens. The resolution passed at the meeting calls on legislators to “search for a more equitable solution to adequately fund our schools.”
The resolutions passed by the Farm Bureau at the meeting pertained to county, state and national issues. On the county level, resolutions call for preserving and protecting farmland in the county, for improving the condition of county and township roads, for forceful action to alleviate the drug problems by taking whatever steps are necessary, and for dealing with underage purchase and consumption of alcohol and tobacco products.
On the state level the resolutions dealt with encouraging lawmakers to find federal solutions concerning undocumented immigrant workers, to come up with an affordable resolution to the health care cost crisis, to work toward a more equitable billing structure and accessibility of a countywide phone system, and to encourage and support the use of drug testing for illegal drugs in order to qualify for public assistance.
On national issues, the Farm Bureau supported legislation that enables the Corps of Engineers to stabilize and secure critically eroding areas along the Ohio River which causes river bank erosion threatening highways, and to extend the current estate tax exemption of $5 million because “anything less strikes a blow to farmers and ranchers who are trying to transition from one generation to the next.”
Three of the resolutions passed at the Farm Bureau meeting pertained to special privileges given to Congress. They are as follows:
One called for an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that makes it mandatory for all members of Congress pay into the Social Security system.
Another resolution states that those serving in Congress collect a salary while in office but should receive no pay when they are no longer in office.
The third resolution passed by the Farm Bureau pertaining to those in Congress is that members of Congress lose their current health care system and participate in the same health care system as the American people.
During the meeting there was special recognition given to long-time members of the Meigs County Farm Bureau.