Grassroots Members Advocate for Disaster Relief and Trade Reform

May 24, 2019

A large group of people posing on a rooftop overlookin the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.More than 70 county Farm Bureau leaders from across the Sunshine State traveled to the nation’s capital to discuss various federal policies that affect agriculture and rural communities. The annual Field to the Hill trip, May 14-16, gave volunteer leaders the opportunity to advocate on such priority issues as hurricane disaster relief for the Panhandle, water quality in South Florida, trade policy reform and agricultural labor.

The trip included a welcoming reception at the Embassy of Canada in partnership with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, where attendees were greeted by the Canadian Ambassador to the U.S., David McNaughton.

During the trip, Florida Farm Bureau members presented the Friend of Farm Bureau Award to U.S. Representatives Neil Dunn and Gus Bilirakis their strong support of Florida agriculture.

U.S. Representative Ted Yoho was also honored with the American Farm Bureau’s Golden Plow award for his unwavering commitment to agricultural policy.

Grassroots members spent a full day on Capitol Hill visiting with Congressional members. The trip concluded with a visit to the United States Department of Agriculture.

To read more about the 2019 Field to the Hill trip, watch for the June issue of FloridAgriculture magazine.