09-19-17 RMFU: NFU Fly-In Allows Farmers, Ranchers To Share Their Stories on Capitol Hill

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union members Roger Gonzales, Caleigh Payne, Kathleen Box, and John Ellis visited with Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico during the NFU Fly-in. These farmers and ranchers told stories of how food and farm policies are working to keep farmers and ranchers on the land.

NFU Fly-In Allows Farmers, Ranchers To Share Their Stories on Capitol Hill

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union members from Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming were among the more than 300 farmers and ranchers from across the U.S. who participated in National Farmers Union’s annual September legislative fly-in to Washington, D.C.

Given the difficult state of the farm economy, Farmers Union members focused on the need to ensure policies are supporting family farmers and ranchers, and their rural communities. Members met with lawmakers to advocate for legislative priorities that will affect their operations and communities, including: Farm Bill programs and the farm safety net; access to affordable and quality health care; and expanded use of ethanol and advanced biofuels, including E30.

The annual event allows Farmers Union members to meet directly with lawmakers, USDA leaders and other administration officials. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue met with the group. Perdue outlined his priorities for USDA. Others who updated the farmers and ranchers on USDA programs were Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett, National Resources Conservation Service Acting Chief Leonard Jordan, and National Agricultural Statistics Service Administrator Hubert Hamer.

Farmers and ranchers met with U.S. senators and representatives to share their stories of how farm policies are helping – or hurting – producers. The fly-in participants also heard from the House and Senate Agriculture Committee staffers who are working on the next Food and Farm Bill. Farmers and ranchers were able to voice their concerns and recommendations during their visit to Capitol Hill.

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union members Roger Gonzales, Caleigh Payne, Kathleen Box, and John Ellis visited with Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico during the NFU Fly-in. These farmers and ranchers told stories of how food and farm policies are working to keep farmers and ranchers on the land.

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is an advocate for family farmers and ranchers, local communities, and consumers. We are a progressive grassroots organization whose members determine our priorities. Founded in 1907, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union represent farm and ranch families in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. Working together with similar state chapters across America, we are the heart and soul of the National Farmers Union.