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 March 12-15.
The trip began with a briefing from the American Farm Bureau Federation on current issues. Participants met with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken; Members of Congress Collin Peterson, Tim Walz and Rick Nolan and staff members from the offices of John Kline, Michele Bachmann, Erik Paulsen and Betty McCollum.
During their meetings, Farm Bureau members discussed a variety of issues affecting agriculture. Top areas of focus included fiscal policy and tax reform, passing a five-year farm bill, biotechnology, short-term and long-term agricultural labor, duplicative and unnecessary regulations, animal care, Renewable Fuels Standard, food safety regulations, transportation and the Water Resources Development Act.
“Research shows that the most effective way to communicate with your members of Congress is in Washington D.C.,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “It is vital to agriculture for our Senators and members of Congress to put a face to the families involved in Minnesota agriculture. Farm Bureau’s Farmers to Washington D.C. trip provides this opportunity.”
Farm Bureau members also met with officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) including Deputy Undersecretary – Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills; Robert Ibarra Jr. – USDA Risk Management Agency director and Robert Riemenschneider – USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Deputy Administrator; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Senior Agricultural Counsel Sarah Bittleman; and officials from the Embassy of Canada.
More than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the United States travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with their congressional delegation. For more information about Farm Bureau’s legislative process, contact your county Farm Bureau office.
Minnesota Farm Bureau is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureau associations across Minnesota representing farmers, families, food. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, http://www.fbmn.org.