For the 64th year, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s county presidents are visiting Washington, D.C. to discuss agricultural issues with their lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation District 1 Trustee Keith Truckor greeted the county presidents as they arrived on Monday. “Your work in these two and a half days is very, very important to the organization,” he told them. “(Lawmakers) want to hear from you, the farmer, the person that’s in their district voting for them.”
The presidents prepare on Monday for their legislative visits by getting briefed with updates on agricultural issues from American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) staff.
AFBF’s Pat Wolff discussed health care and estate taxes with the presidents. She said it is likely the Senate will use the reconciliation process to move its version of the health care bill, but the vote in the house is “far from certain.” AFBF is also encouraged by discussions that would raise the exemption level for federal estate taxes to $5 million. The tax was repealed in 2010 but will be reinstated at a $1 million exemption next year, and could impact many farm families.
On Tuesday morning, the presidents enjoyed breakfast with Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich. They will also travel to the U.S. Department of Agriculture prior to visiting with their legislators.
Many county presidents, Ohio Farm Bureau staff and accompanying members of the media are tweeting about their experiences in D.C. during the trip. To see them tweet about what’s happening, as it’s happening, visit www.twitter.com and search for “#OFBDC”. Updates will also be posted to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Facebook Page.
More updates from the trip will follow throughout the week here at www.ofbf.org.