Farm Bureau Members Travel to Washington, D.C.

Farm Bureau Members Travel to Washington, D.C.

Sixteen Farm Bureau members from across Minnesota met with their members of Congress in Washington, D.C. during the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) Farmers to Washington, D.C. trip September 12-16.

Participants met with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken; members of Congress Tom Emmer and Rick Nolan and staff members from the offices of Tim Walz, Erik Paulsen, Jason Lewis, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison and Collin Peterson.

During the meetings, attendees discussed Farm Bureaus farm bill priorities including the importance of keeping nutrition as part of the farm bill and protecting risk management programs. They also discussed the need for affordable and available health care, tax and agricultural labor reform, delisting the wolves from the Endangered Species Act and the importance of keeping and expanding market opportunities through international trade.

In addition, attendees met with the minister counselor from the Embassy of Cuba and with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Perdue’s senior staff.

“This experience outfits our leaders with the tools they need to become strong advocates for agriculture and rural Minnesota,” said President Kevin Paap. “It allows them to share their stories, build relationships and bring Farm Bureau policy to life for our Farm Bureau members. It instills the importance of discussing issues that are important to us. If we are not sharing our story, then someone else will be.”

Trip attendees included, county Farm Bureau leaders, state board of director members, state Promotion & Education (P&E) and Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee members and YF&R contest finalists. During their trip members also interacted with Farm Bureau members from Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin.

YF&R contest finalists earn this trip by competing in the 2016 MFBF YF&R Achievement Award and Excellence in Agriculture contests held during the MFBF Annual Meeting in November 2016 or the 2017 Discussion Meet held at the MFBF Leadership Conference in January. In addition to the Washington, D.C. trip, state contest winners receive a $500 cash prize, a trip to the AFBF YF&R national leadership conference and a trip to compete in the AFBF contests. For more information about the MFBF YF&R program, contact your county offices or visit fbmn.org.

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