Farmers Head to Washington DC to Talk Ag
National Farmers Union Vice President of Advocacy, Mike Stranz.
“Will have hundreds of meetings with congressional offices with either the elected officials who their staff will hear from senior officials at USDA, probably including Secretary Vilsack along with some important agency meetings with other federal executive branch offices. And it will also be a chance to have a lot of farmers around the country get together and realize and talk about the issues that are all the same. You might have different sorts of operations, different scale different crops, different methods, but at the crux of it all, will face them in the same challenges of changing climate, uncertain markets, and increased corporate consolidation and agriculture.”
In addition, with this being a farm bill year, it is even more important for agriculture to speak up and strand says the timing is especially good.
“The divided state of government right now with a Republican controlled House and a Democratic Senate. We need to show Congress that there is a way to get things done. That will work for family farmers and ranchers as well as people around the country when it comes to our farm and food system.”
He expects about 300 producers from across the country to take part in the fly-in.