Louisville, KY (February 18, 2013) – Equipped with the state and national priority issues established during its annual meeting, more than 200 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) volunteer leaders from 51 different counties are heading to the nation’s capitol at the end of the month. The group has scheduled a series of strategic discussions with Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation to examine a variety of issues facing agriculture in the Commonwealth.
“A strong, clear message about the importance of agriculture, not only to Kentucky but also to our nation, is delivered when two hundred people travel all the way to Washington to meet with their elected leaders,” said Jeff Harper, KFB’s director of Public Affairs. “Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Congressional Tour provides our membership the opportunity to sit down face-to-face with their elected officials to implement the policy our organization and explain what is personally impacting their farm and family.”
The group of county leaders from Kentucky will be briefed on the current political environment by the staff of KFB and American Farm Bureau Federation on Tuesday, February 26. Michael Hand, Deputy Administrator for Compliance at the USDA Risk Management Agency, and Tamar Jacoby, President and CEO of Immigration Works USA, will share additional updates as the group prepares to meet with its Congressmen and Senators the following day.
“Our members are eager to share their concerns about fiscal policy, national farm policy, farm labor and immigration reform, and environmental issues facing agriculture,” said Harper.
A full day of interaction with Kentucky’s political leaders in Washington, D.C., begins at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27, with a breakfast at the Holiday Inn Capitol. Both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senators – Mitch McConnell (R) and Rand Paul (R) – as well as all six of the U.S. Representatives from Kentucky – Andy Barr (R), Brett Guthrie (R), Thomas Massie (R), Hal Rogers (R), Ed Whitfield (R) and John Yarmuth (D) – will address the KFB group during the breakfast, offering updates on the work being done in our nation’s capitol.
KFB’s delegates have the opportunity to directly promote the interests of Kentucky’s agricultural livelihood to their elected leaders after the breakfast. Each Congressman will open his office and meet individually with those from their home districts. Senators McConnell and Paul will also reconvene with the group later in the day for a lengthier discussion on their work and efforts in Washington.
“Our members will not only get to voice their concerns directly to those influencing the outcomes of national policy, but they will also gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the many issues facing our nation,” concluded Harper.