More than 30 Oklahoma Farm Bureau members advocated for agriculture and rural Oklahoma in the nation’s capital during the organization’s Congressional Action Tour April 16-20.
“It’s very important for Oklahoma farmers to develop relationships with our congressmen and senators,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “Our Farm Bureau staff talk to these leaders on our behalf, which is a big help to us as farmers and ranchers. But it’s even more important when congressmen and senators hear directly from real folks who are actually producing agricultural commodities.”
The 2018 farm bill, international trade and wildfire relief programs were some of the top concerns of Farm Bureau members as they spoke with Oklahoma’s congressmen and senators.
Members also visited officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to learn more about and share input on agriculture and environmental regulations.
Despite the work it takes to leave the farm and travel to Washington, D.C., American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said a personal visit by Farm Bureau members to Congress is powerful.
“We are very appreciative of (members) coming to town and always assure them that whatever they think they should be at home doing, that they’re doing the right thing,” Duvall said. “What they’re going to do today is very important to their communities, their families and their farms.”
View video interviews from the trip on the OKAgPolicy Facebook page here.