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Farm Bureau Members Attend Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

Farmers and ranchers from across Minnesota met with their members of Congress in Washington, D.C. during the American Farm Bureau Federation's Advocacy Conference, February 22-24.

Participants met with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken; members of Congress Tim Walz, Tom Emmer, Erik Paulsen, Collin Peterson; Rick Nolan and members of their staff.

During these meetings, Farm Bureau members discussed the role of biotechnology both in food production and food labeling, and urged support of Senator Robert's bill to move the process forward in protecting agriculture innovation while providing greater transparency. They also discussed the importance of trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which is expected to add nearly 1,750 jobs to the Minnesota economy and increase cash receipts and net exports from Minnesota by $425.1 million and $231.6 million respectively. Attendees emphasized the importance of risk management tools and asked for support to preserve and protect crop insurance in the President’s budget.

In addition, Farm Bureau members discussed the importance of regulatory reform on the Endangered Species Act specifically as it relates to gray wolves and the long-nose bat and as it relates to ditching the rule by the Environmental Protection Agency’s the waters of the U.S.

“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. These types of meetings provide this opportunity.”

Trip attendees included members of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors and Farm Bureau members appointed to the America Farm Bureau Federation Issue Advisory Committees.

Attendees also met with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Darci Vetter, U.S. House of Representative Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway and Congressman Rodney Davis (Illinois).

Minnesota Farm Bureau representing Farmers • Families • Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. 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 for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.


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