The Daily Iowegian
---- — Fifty-three Iowa Farm Bureau leaders visited Capitol Hill and their elected officials during the annual national policy trip March 24-27 to discuss key farm issues, including maintaining the Renewable Fuels Standard and supporting international trade opportunities.
“The experience of traveling to Washington, D.C. with Farm Bureau and making our case in person to lawmakers was very impressive,” said Matt Ditch, a Linn County Farm Bureau member. “You really get to see how our policies start at the county level and how we work to implement them all the way to the national level.”
Iowa Farm Bureau members met with each member of Iowa’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. to discuss pressing farm issues including support for important conservation programs, development of international trade opportunities, and improving tax extension programs.
Those participating in the trip included Centerville native Blake White.
“Iowa farmers brought very real concerns to their lawmakers in Washington, and they asked for commitment to support important matters back home at the farm,” said Kevin Kuhle, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation national policy advisor. “Our local Farm Bureau members proved their knowledge of diverse policy issues and engaged Iowa’s congressmen and senators in conversations regarding the positive impacts of the RFS in rural Iowa, the importance of supporting international trade, and tax relief.”
The Iowa delegation met with congressmen Dave Loebsack, Tom Latham, Bruce Braley and Steve King and also with senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin. In addition, participants on the trip attended a welcome reception at the historic National Press Club commemorating the dedication of the State of Iowa Dr. Norman Borlaug Statue in the Capitol’s National Statutory Hall.