County President’s Trip to Washington, D.C.

For 70 years strong, Ohio Farm Bureau has hosted a County Presidents’ trip to Washington, D.C. where county presidents and leaders advocate on behalf of farmers and landowners. The March 15 to 17 trip drew 90 county Farm Bureau presidents and leaders as well as members of the media who wrote numerous articles about the trip.

The value of a trip like this is incredible. Farm Bureau’s collective voice carries a lot more weight than an individual’s visit or email to a legislator.

On the trip, Farm Bureau members had breakfast with Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and heard their thoughts on trade, GMO labeling and other pressing issues currently being debated by Congress. The lineup of speakers for a farm forum set up by Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs was impressive:

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan
  • Collin Peterson, ranking member, House Agriculture Committee
  • Mike Conaway, chair, House Agriculture Committee
  • Bill Shuster, chair, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
  • Brad Wenstrup, chair, House Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
  • Fred Upton, chair, House Energy & Commerce Committee
  • Jackie Walorski, chair, House Subcommittee on Nutrition and
  • Steve King, House Agriculture Committee.

At an AgriTalk taping, Farm Bureau members heard from new Food and Drug Administration commissioner Robert Califf and Darci Vetter, chief ag negotiator and ambassador for the U.S. Trade Representative. Ohio native Dr. Greg Parham, USDA’s assistant secretary for administration, spoke on the expansion of the Strike Force Initiative, which is designed to help high poverty counties in Ohio and other states. American Farm Bureau experts provided policy updates and background to Ohio Farm Bureau members before they went in to talk to their local member of Congress about the issues that matter the most to farmers and landowners.

This is just one of the many ways your membership dollars contribute to the strength of our county, state and national Farm Bureau. Can we count on you to renew your membership today?