Legislative Highlights 12-4-13

Posted December 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Legislative Highlights



I finally finished my harvest this past week. It turned out to be a long drawn out process as my farm received 11 inches of rain in a month’s span, about the same time of the year the western side of the state got the unfortunate snow storm. Due to the extreme wet conditions, some of my crops were standing in water along with not drying down. About half of my sunflowers blew over and ended up on the ground and were molding. In my case, I had the fortunate situation of having federal crop insurance to cover my sunflower losses.

I want to recgonize all of you who stepped up to help with the fund that will assist with the western area ranchers’ livestock losses as they did not have the same protection that I had for my crop losses. Hopefully, we can get a new farm bill passed in the near future to help the current situation and also future situations that are just a part of farming and ranching. Even with all the perils involved in farming and ranching, it is truly a great industry in our state, and I will always work hard to support future state legislation to enhance it.

This is also a busy time of the year for a state legislator as many individuals and groups desire to meet with you to discuss the upcoming legislative session. This is very rewarding for me as we are able to discuss specific subject matter before the busy legislative session begins as well as it gives me the opportunity to better know these individuals and groups.

I also look forward to the Governor’s budget address on December 3rd and to hear his proposed agenda for fiscal year 2015, which will begin July 1, 2014, along with his thoughts for the upcoming legislative session.

Huron, “Home of the World’s Largest Pheasant”, has the fortunate pleasure of hosting the Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit at the Crossroads on Friday, December 6, 2013. The summit will start at 9 am with the morning session focused on presentations and following lunch, the summit will allow plenty of opportunities for the group to discuss ideas on how to preserve this state’s heritage of some of the world’s best pheasant hunting. Pheasant hunting in our state has a tradition of allowing families and friends to gather and spend quality time together which I am sure has created many lasting memories.

I hope all of you had a Happy Thanksgiving, and I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent you. I look forward to hearing from you at 350-1371 or by email at dickwerner_5@hotmail.com.