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

Farmers and ranchers from across Minnesota were part of the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) delegation to attend the American Farm Bureau Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C. Nearly 600 farmers and ranchers from across the country met to hear legislative updates on Farm Bureau priority issues and to learn how to better engage elected officials on these topics.

“This is the next step in our non-stop grassroots policy process,” said MFB President Kevin Paap. “We are taking our focus issues that are based on the policies adopted by Farm Bureau members from across the country and implementing these ideas into legislation that will directly impact farmers and rural Minnesota.”

Farm Bureau members from Minnesota met with nine of the 10 members of the Minnesota Congressional delegation including Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representatives Tim Walz, Jason Lewis, Erik Paulsen, Betty McCollum, Tom Emmer, Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan. Farm Bureau members discussed the importance of ensuring that the 2018 Farm Bill includes risk management, conservation and food programs that continue to work well together; the necessity of tax reform which helps transition the next generation into agriculture; and the importance of agricultural labor reform to provide a legal and stable work force. They also emphasized the importance of improving the regulatory process to ensure farmers have an open, fair and transparent process to address regulatory issues such as Waters of the U.S. and removing the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act.

In addition, Farm Bureau members also had the opportunity to meet with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Cuban Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt and staff from the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives Agricultural Committees.

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.