As a global pandemic and extreme weather events batter an already weak agricultural economy, hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and rural residents will gather online next week to speak directly with their elected representatives and administration officials as part of National Farmers Union’s (NFU) virtual legislative fly-in.
Advocates from across the country will campaign for policies that support pandemic recovery, reduce chronic overproduction, restore competition to agricultural markets, strengthen rural healthcare, improve access to broadband internet, ensure the success of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), help farmers and ranchers implement climate-smart practices, and expand the market for homegrown biofuels. The NFU Fly-In Talking Points can be found here.
The USDA briefing and congressional briefing are open to Farmers Union members! Here is information on those briefings:
USDA Briefing: Monday, September 14 @ 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time
Participants will hear from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and and Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand. This briefing is open to Farmers Union members. Register here.
Congressional Briefing: Tuesday, September 15 @ 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time
This briefing will feature Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture Collin Peterson, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Jon Tester, and Representative Frank Lucas. This briefing is also open to Farmers Union members. Register here.
MFU members also have the opportunity to participate in a town hall congressional meeting with Senator Tester, Senator Daines and Representative Greg Gianforte. Here is information on those meetings: