Leaders from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) along with legislative representatives, agricultural leaders and hundreds of farmers and ranchers came together at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, September 12th to encourage Congress to pass a new farm bill before current farm programs expire at the end of this month. The “Farm Bill Now” rally took place at Union Square near the Capitol Reflecting Pond, and had members from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives addressing the crowd, as well as leaders from a range of farm, conservation, energy, consumer and nutrition organizations.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee; Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; and Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., ranking member of the Committee on Agriculture; and many others spoke at the event. ASFMRA members, while in DC also participated in Leadership Institute, a leadership program sponsored by DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection. Participants also visited with their elected officials offices on the hill. “It was a great week” said Dennis Reyman AFM, ARA of Stalcup Agri Service, Inc. of Storm Lake, Iowa, Co-Chair of the Government Relations Committee. “We hit the hill and carried our message on 1619 and the farm bill” said Merrill Swanson ARA, of Dugger, Canaday, Grafe, Inc. of San Antonio, Texas who also serves as Co-Chair of the ASFMRA Government Relations Committee. ASFMRA members are anxious to get the bill passed for planning purposes with land owners.
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