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Farm Bureau goes to Washington to talk about farmers, ranchers

For Clay Today
Posted 5/4/23

MIDDLEBURG – Members of the Clay County Farm Bureau visited with Florida’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., recently to discuss various federal policies that affect farmers and …

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Farm Bureau goes to Washington to talk about farmers, ranchers

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MIDDLEBURG – Members of the Clay County Farm Bureau visited with Florida’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., recently to discuss various federal policies that affect farmers and ranchers. The visit included a series of conversations on the expansion of foreign trade opportunities, agricultural labor reform, and priorities for the 2023 Farm Bill.

Meetings at the Capitol, organized by Florida Farm Bureau as the Field to the Hill Trip from April 18-20, created opportunities for farmers and ranchers to hold informal talks with their elected officials. The visitors also engaged in a series of discussions with executive agency officials.

As part of their itinerary, Clay County Farm Bureau members Michael Rathjen and his daughter, Makayla, met with U.S. Department of Agriculture and Con officials. Aaron Bean who serves in the 4th congressional district represents Clay, Duval and Nassau counties. Rathjen serves on the board of Clay County Farm Bureau and his daughter Makayla is a future Young Farmers and Ranchers member. This trip was an excellent way to show Makayla how the legislative process works.

This volunteer initiative exemplifies Florida Farm Bureau’s national tradition of citizen participation in representative government.

“Our Farm Bureau members presented responsible policy suggestions on behalf of farm families in our state,” said Clay County Farm Bureau President Gayward Hendry. “I appreciate their willingness to make the effort to join us on this trip. “I also want to thank our Congressional delegation for the hospitable welcome we received while we were in Washington.

“Our members had positive sessions with our national policymakers. I know they will keep our perspectives in mind as they consider policies that have an impact upon farmers.”

Clay County Farm Bureau is headquartered in Middleburg and serves well more than 4,000 member families.

Florida Farm Bureau Federation, the state’s largest general-interest agricultural organization, represents more than 132,000 member families. Florida Farm Bureau serves to enhance farm enterprise and improve rural communities.

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