In midst of Farm Bill negotiations and trade uncertainty MFU members head to D.C. to be a voice for family farms
GREAT FALLS –Montana Farmers Union staff and members will attend the annual D.C. Fly-In September 12-14. The MFU delegation will meet with members of congress to discuss three major issues: passing a strong Farm Bill, protecting farmers from trade war fallout and transitioning to a homegrown, renewable energy future.
“The fly-in is an opportunity for membership to meet with their senators and congressman to discuss issues and policy that effect their livelihoods and communities,” said Alan Merrill, MFU President. “This is a collaborative effort among all the Farmers Union states to provide a voice for America’s farmers and ranchers.”
In addition to congressional visits, MFU will attend a Capitol Hill Ag briefing and present Senator Jon Tester and Senator Steve Daines with the coveted Golden Triangle award, NFU’s highest legislative honor.
Fly-in participants: Barry Francis, Manhattan; Colter DeVries, Roberts; Ben Peterson, Judith Gap; Walter Schweitzer and Cindy Palmer, Geyser; Bruce Shultz and Wendy Palmer, Raynesford; William Downs, Molt and Sarah Rocher of Sidney. MFU staff who will be accompanying the group include President Alan Merrill, Membership Director Justin Loch and Special Projects Specialist Chris Christiaens.