03-31-17 WIFE Members Return From Week In “The Swamp” of D.C.

Colorado WIFE members with Congressman Scott Tipton (L to R): Korry Lewis, Cheyenne, WY; Kerry Froese, La Junta, CO, Jillane Hixson, Lamar, CO & Elisabeth Erickson-Noe, La Junta, CO.

WIFE Members Return From Week In “The Swamp” of D.C.

Several WIFE members went to Washington D.C. this past week to advocate for responsible policy regulating the Ag industry. Many of the members chalked the week as successful after attending meetings, policy briefings, and meeting with policy makers to discuss the real issues associated with independent Ag producers.

Here is what some of the members who went on the trip had to report…

A Report from Linda Newman, Immediate Past President of WIFE on the National Ag Day event held in Washington, D.C. – National Ag Day Press Club Breakfast. Click Here to read.

Another Report from Immediate Past National WIFE President Linda Newman, Montana, on meeting in Washington, D.C. with National Association of Broadcasters. Click Here to read.

The adventures didn’t stop there. Several of the members that went on the trip took photos to capture the important work they were doing on behalf of the entire organization, and many in te Ag industry. Here is just a taste of the impact WIFE made this year…

WIFE members met with Honorary WIFE Member Kathryn Hill at USDA for USDA briefings while in Washington, D.C.

Krysta Harden and her team at DuPont hosted the WIFE members for breakfast last Wednesday.

The Farm Bill Summit hosted by Agri-Pulse was very educational and WIFE members were able to ask questions throughout the event during the panel discussions on topics impacting the next Farm Bill.

Back row (L to R): Chris O’Connell, Mary Ann Murray, Kerry Froese, Elisabeth Erickson-Noe. Front row (L to R): Chris Anken, Ruth Laribee, Linda Newman, Jillane Hixson & Korry Lewis.

A Special Story…

While the WIFE group was taking pictures at the Trump International Hotel where they had dinner, a random man walked up to the waitress that was taking the pictures. You could tell he was asking her something but then all of a sudden he started walking toward our group while she was taking pictures. He introduced himself as Chris O’Connell and said we wouldn’t believe what he had to say.

We all gathered around him and he told us that he was the son of one ofWIFE’sfounding mothers, Joan O’Connell. We were all ecstatic at the coincidence of running into each other and he said he recognized the red jackets and thought, “there is no way that is the WIFE ladies.” We enjoyed visiting with him and his wife. He told us a story about WIFE and said it was one of his favorite memories. He said that when Ronald Reagan was in Grand Island, Nebraska years ago campaigning, the WIFE ladies had a special, private meeting with him.

Mr. O’Connell said that he was present at the meeting that day and remembers the discussion. He remembers a chalkboard in the room and Mr. Reagan used the board to prove that the possibilities in agriculture and America, in general, are endless. We have the opportunity to dream and achieve our goals as entrepreneurs in the land of opportunity. It was inspiring and memorable to listen to the stories Mr. O’Connell shared. He said that his mother is his inspiration and hopes to run for congress in the future.