New York Farmers meet with Congressional Leaders
Washington, D.C. -- Farmers from New York Farm Bureau's board of directors met with 19 members of Congress last week to lobby for agriculture.
"These visits are key to making sure our farmers are properly represented in any policymaking in Washington," said Dean Norton, president of New York Farm Bureau.
It was the fourth D.C. lobbying trip organized by Farm Bureau this year, as several county Farm Bureau's have joined together on regional lobbying trips to make sure that agriculture's needs are not forgotten in the nation's Capitol.
New York Farm Bureau Board members met personally with eight of New York's Congressional representatives including Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Reps. Michael Arcuri, John Hall, Eric Massa, Timohy Bishop, Christopher Lee and John McHugh. Other visits were with congressional staff members.
Farmers also discussed New York agricultural issues with officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, White House staff and representatives from three national commodity groups - US Apple Association, National Grape Cooperative and National Milk Producers Federation.
The farmer delegation also spoke on the urgent need for a workable agriculture labor program as part of any immigration reform measure. President Obama is adding renewed momentum to the immigration reform discussion with his intention to establish working groups during this summer. Immigration reform has been on top of the Farm Bureau agenda for the past several years.