The New Year is upon us, which means many of you have probably made a New Year’s resolution or two.

The funny thing about resolutions is that they are easier to make than to keep (I speak from experience). Come Jan. 7, that piece of cheesecake typically wins out, while the elliptical machine is already starting to gather dust.

But, when it comes to Farm Bureau, my resolutions — along with those of Farm Bureau leaders and members — never waiver. Continuing to build upon Farm Bureau’s 94 successful years of ensuring that farmers and ranchers’ voices are heard, is one resolution we do not back away from.

Should old acquaintance be forgot

As we delve into 2013, Farm Bureau has several legislative and regulatory resolutions. First off is getting to know the new members of Congress as they take office and acquire committee assignments.

It will be important for Farm Bureau to get to know these members and pay close attention to the makeup of the new committees, especially those important to agriculture and rural communities.

Depending on what has happened with the farm bill come Jan. 3, getting a new bill passed will be a top resolution for farmers in the new Congress.

Fortunately, congressional leaders will have the farm bill legislation from the 112th Congress to use as a well-discussed head start. If need be, I am optimistic the new Congress can pick up where the last one left off and pass a five-year farm bill by spring planting time.

It also remains a priority for Farm Bureau to continue its goal of minimizing the effects of unfair taxes like the estate tax and capital gains tax.