Public Policy & Legislative Action
AGF policy development enables the goat industry to be at the table with federal agencies when rules and regulations are developed. Similarly, when programs are established to support livestock production, the Federation relays the unique needs of goat producers through the policies that have been developed. A unified, national voice for the goat industry is invaluable when interacting with the agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – from market collection and national statistics information to ensuring that goats are eligible to participate in new programs and animal protection initiatives. Additionally, there are opportunities to be created with USDA agencies for grazing improvements, wildlife conflict management and water development of livestock. Membership in AGF gives goat producers a voice in the development of public policy and direct input to federal USDA agencies and the U.S. Congress.
- Research Project Support – Feasibility Study to Explore Increasing Goat Carcasses Size:
- Wildlife Services Support Ltr – Senate
- Wildlife Services Support Ltr – House of Representatives
- Statement of Support – Establishing Capacity to Better Serve Hispanic and Spanish Speaking Farmers:
- Congressional Ag Committees
- Research Project Support – Determination of Copper, Zinc and Selenium Requirements for Growing Goats:
- Statement of Support – California Specialist in Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production Position:
Section 501(c)(5) of the IRS Guidelines provides for exemption of agricultural organizations. To be exempt, an organization must meet the following requirements: The net earnings of the organization may not inure to the benefit of any member; and the objects of the organization must be the betterment of conditions of those engaged in the pursuits of labor, agriculture, or horticulture, the improvement of the grade of their products, and the development of a higher degree of efficiency in their respective occupations.
Seeking legislation germane to the organization's programs is recognized as a permissible means of attaining its exempt purposes. A section 501(c)(5) agricultural organization may engage in some political activities so long as that is not its primary activity.