Young Farmers & Ranchers Chair Katie Wiese and Promotion & Education Committee Chair Cindy Durheim visited Washington, D.C. as part of the American Farm Bureau Federation Fly-In. While there, they met with legislators to discuss the farm bill and other legislation impacting farmers and ranchers in Minnesota and across the country.

They were joined by MFBF President Dan Glessing and the MFBF public policy team. 

Agriculture Committee leaders spoke before the group fanned out across Capitol Hill. They discussed the challenges they’ll face in getting the farm bill passed this year and urged attendees to speak with as many elected leaders as they can, both in Washington and when members of Congress return home. They stressed the value of personal connections and stories of direct impact, including through the Advocacy Fly-In.

“It’s crucial that lawmakers hear directly from the people who are affected by farm policy,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “America’s farmers and ranchers are dedicated to growing the food, fuel and fiber families across the nation rely on. We know how important the farm bill is to maintaining a secure and sustainable food supply. I’m confident the personal stories shared by our members will help inspire lawmakers to support and swiftly pass a new farm bill.”