STANDING POLICY POSITIONS
The following are standing policy positions duly adopted and intended for use as guidelines in the conduct of Association affairs.
Additional policy positions may be adopted or these may be amended or repealed by a two-thirds vote of the NDSA Board of Directors or by majority vote of the membership at any annual meeting.
The Association is firmly opposed to the exercise of eminent domain in the taking of private lands and condones that exercise only in those rare instances of absolute necessity.
The NDSA is opposed to the federal government subjecting the livestock industry to burdensome regulations. The NDSA will continue to guard against government overreach and erroneous regulations concerning livestock agriculture.
This Association believes in the fundamentals of free enterprise and in the free marketplace as the first choice of economic concepts.
The NDSA opposes the ownership of agricultural lands by all state and federal governments and non-profit tax-exempt organizations, except those needed for absolutely essential purposes.
The NDSA also opposes the ownership of agricultural lands by any foreign government.
The Association believes firmly in the Constitutional right of individuals to own and control private property and, further, that all rural zoning or land-use plans be subject to the prior approval of those property owners affected before any such plans are implemented.
PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
The NDSA believes the right to own and enjoy the use of private property is the cornerstone to a free society and firmly opposes any infringement of its lawful use, and any effort that results in diminishing value or returns should be considered a taking and just compensation provided.
This Association believes in the principle that taxation of rural real estate should be based upon its capacity to produce and that every effort should be expended toward that objective. Further, we believe that taxation should only be for the essential purposes of government and not to affect social change.