More than 80 Florida Farm Bureau grassroots members traveled to Washington D.C. last week to advocate for agriculture in the U.S. Capitol.
Florida Farm Bureau leaders, county presidents and the Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group engaged with legislators on important issues that impact Florida farms.
Priority topics included the 2023 Farm Bill, farm labor, trade and disaster relief funding.
“To have our volunteer leaders unite as one voice for agriculture is what our organization stands for,” said Florida Farm Bureau President Jeb S. Smith. “Food security is vital to national security. Being able to emphasize that point and the importance of the Farm Bill to the profitability of agriculture and sustainability of our food supply is imperative to future generations.”
Along with Capitol Hill meetings and a visit to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Florida members attended a briefing session where U.S. Senators and Representatives were in attendance and a Florida Agriculture Partners Reception hosted by Florida Farm Bureau and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the International Spy Museum.
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