Members and leadership from the Minnesota Farm Bureau traveled to Washington, D.C. March 27-30 to share agriculture’s story with our state legislators in the nation’s capital. 

The group had the opportunity to meet with elected officials and other agriculture and government leaders to share their experiences, providing insight on both opportunities and challenges facing the next generation of farmers and ranchers. A primary focus was the 2023 Farm Bill including what programs currently work, and where there is opportunity for updates or improvements. 

Participants met with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, Representatives Angie Craig, Brad Finstad, Michelle Fischbach, Dean Phillips, and Pete Stauber, and staff from the offices of Representatives Tom Emmer and Betty McCollum over the two-day trip. 

They also received a nighttime Capitol tour led by Congressman Finstad, met with agriculture leaders from the EPA and visited the United Kingdom embassy to learn from its agriculture attaché.

The Farmers to D.C. trip is held twice a year and open to all MFBF members. The next trip will take place Sept. 11-14.