Members of the Osceola County Farm Bureau gathered at the 2015\u00a0county annual meeting on Sept. 28th at the Evart Free Methodist Church in Evart to take\u00a0action on issues important to Osceola County farmers. Laura Campbell, Ag Ecology Department of Michigan Farm Bureau manager,\u00a0was the speaker. She talked to the members about the new EPA rules and how they\u00a0affect Michigan agriculture. The Osceola County Farm Bureau also recognized six farmers whose farms are\u00a0Michigan\u00a0Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program\u00a0verified and presented them with jack knives. Farmers present were: Tom\u00a0Bluhm, Pat Kailing, Dan Lee, Andy Salinas, Art Schmidt and Jerry Stein. MAEAP helps farmers implement sound\u00a0agricultural practices that reduce the risk of legal and environmental issues.\u00a0Pat Kailing chairman of the Policy Development Committee and his members:\u00a0L.D. Hesselink, Jerry Lindquist and Ben Eisenga presented resolutions dealing with\u00a0many issues facing farmers, including alternative fuels, water use, farm equipment on roads,\u00a0country of origin labeling, pesticide regulations and roads, to name a few. Resolutions passed will be forwarded to the Michigan Farm Bureau policy\u00a0development committee, which will select those to be considered at the MFB State\u00a0Annual Meeting from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3. Jess Erler and Rick Johnson were elected delegates to the\u00a0state annual meeting. In addition to setting its own policy agenda for the coming year, the Osceola\u00a0County Farm Bureau's 2015 Annual Meeting was a chance to recognize eight members who\u00a0have belonged to the organization for 45 to 48 years. Emil Badovinac of Marion was\u00a0present to receive a certificate for 46 years of membership, and Robert Morlock of Reed\u00a0City received a certificate for 47 years. Those not present were included Sarah Parsons - 48 years;\u00a0Gaylord Denslow - 47 years; Gene Wekeman and Aloha Hodges - 46 years; Judith\u00a0Grandy and Robert Lee - 45 years. "We appreciate their dedicated service to local\u00a0agriculture," said Jess Erler, president of the Osceola County Farm Bureau. Andy Hagenow, Vice President of Michigan Farm Bureau, spoke about the\u00a0importance of belonging to Michigan Farm Bureau and what the organization has\u00a0accomplished this past year. He presented a Key Club award to Dan Lee, local Farm\u00a0Bureau Insurance agent, for signing up five or more regular members for the sixth\u00a0consecutive year. Three local farmers were elected to the board of directors: District 2 - Andy\u00a0Salinas; District 4 - Janet Schmidt and Directors-at-large - Rick Johnson. President Erler announced that Cole Gingrich of LeRoy and Bridgett Moore of\u00a0Sears were each recipients of $500 college scholarships.\u00a0Several young farmers attended the annual meeting to take advantage of a free\u00a0meal for them and a guest. The Osceola County Farm Bureau Board of Directors is\u00a0trying to encourage more young farmers to become actively involved in the organization. The Osceola County Farm Bureau Board of Directors meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of\u00a0each month at the Osceola County Road Commission Office, located on U.S. 10.