Together with nearly 350 Farmers Union members from the United States, eight MFU members and staff will travel to Washington D.C. for the annual National Farmers Union Fly-in, September 9-11. The three-day event draws Farmers Union members from all over the country to meet with top officials of the USDA and more importantly their representatives.
The MFU delegation will meet with members of congress to discuss key priorities including trade, biofuels, the farm economy, and corporate consolidation. “Fly-in is a great way for our members to talk about the issues affecting them on the farm,” said Alan Merrill, MFU President. “Furthermore they have the opportunity to be part of the legislative process and that experience is one-of-a-kind.”
MFU members attending the fly-in are: Alice Miller of Gildford, Kody and Serena Cator of Big Sandy, Ben Peterson of Judith Gap, William Downs of Molt, Colter DeVries of Billings and youth members Phillip Prewitt of Billings, and James Van Spyk of Great Falls. MFU staff attending include President Alan Merrill, Membership Director Justin Loch, Education Coordinator Violet Green and Communications Director Lyndsay Bruno.
Also during the visit, MFU will award Senator Steve Daines the first Friend of Montana Farmers Union award for his legislative work on behalf of family farms, and will join National Farmers Union in presenting Senator Jon Tester with the Golden Triangle Award, NFU’s highest legislative honor.