Local farmers to visit elected officials in Washington

Florida farmers, ranchers and small business owners will speak up for agriculture when they visit with the Florida Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., May 23-25.

More than 80 Farm Bureau members from across the Sunshine State will travel to the nation’s capital to discuss various federal policies that affect agriculture and rural land. The agenda includes a series of informal meetings on foreign trade, tax issues and immigration reform.

“This trip takes our grassroots full circle,” said Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick. “Our members take time away from their farms to share their personal stories and experiences with lawmakers to show how agriculture is impacted on the local level by national policy issues.”

Along with Capitol Hill meetings, Florida members will attend a Congressional briefing session at the Ford House Office Building, a Taste of Florida Agriculture reception at the Florida House and meet with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

Florida Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general agricultural organization, represents more than 146,000 member-families. We serve to enhance farm enterprise and improve rural communities.

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