Michigan Farm Bureau’s AgriPac recently announced its roster of candidates selected to receive the "Friend of Agriculture" designation and endorsement for the Aug. 4 primary election. Click on the link 2020 AgriPac Friends of Agriculture to see the full list, which includes endorsing Republican John James for Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat.
AgriPac is the nonpartisan political action committee of Michigan Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm organization. A "Friend of Agriculture" represents a candidate who has demonstrated beliefs and actions consistent with farmer-developed MFB policy positions.
"Our members seek out candidates — including farmer candidates — who are loyal to Michigan's agriculture industry," says Matt Kapp, MFB's elections expert. “They should demonstrate a commitment to crafting and voting on legislative and regulatory proposals that allow farmers to continue producing nutritious and abundant food for consumers.”
"We need leaders in all branches of government who understand, appreciate and respect agriculture's contribution to the state’s economy," Kapp says. "And for more than 40 years, it’s been one of our organization’s top priorities to identify and help elect Friends of Agriculture."
During Michigan’s 2020 election cycle, voters will select a U.S. senator, 14 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, two state Supreme Court seats, two MSU board of trustees members, and 110 state representatives with 25 open seats — 22 seats because of term limits — in addition to countless local government officials.
In making its primary endorsements, the 14 AgriPac committee members reviewed recommendations from county farm bureaus, heavily weighting the local candidate evaluation committees’ input, along with reviewing candidate questionnaires and incumbent voting records.