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Iowa Farmers Take Their Message to Washington
Iowa Ag Connection - 09/11/2017

National Farmers Union (NFU) is hoting 275 members in Washington, D.C., for the 2017 Fall Legislative Fly-In this week. Five Iowa farmers will join their efforts.

During their time in Washington, members will be afforded the opportunity to hear from U.S. Department of Agriculture officials about current events, opportunities and other work the department is doing on behalf of farmers. They will receive briefings from White House officials, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Agriculture leadership and staff. NFU also honors members of Congress with one of its highest awards, The Golden Triangle Award.

The most important agenda items of the fly-in, however, are the meetings on Capitol Hill. Teams of Farmers Union members will stop by the office of every member of Congress, Farmers Union members will highlight the key priorities for the organization, struggles they are facing, and goals for future legislation and the next farm bill.

"The Fly-In is an effective way to influence policy," said Iowa Farmers Union President Aaron Lehman. "Now more than ever, Members of Congress need to hear directly from our family farmers and rural residents." Among the top issues for discussion are a strong farm safety net; access to affordable, quality healthcare; and transition to a homegrown, renewable energy future.

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