Local Farmers Advocate on the Capitol Hill

May 17, 2018

More than 80 Florida farmers, ranchers and small business owners visited with the Florida Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., May 8-10, during the annual Field to the Hill fly-in event.

The visit gave members a chance to engage in constructive dialogues with national leaders on such issues as provisions of the new farm bill, the North American Free Trade Agreement and agricultural labor reform.

“I appreciate the dedication and willingness of our farm families who took time away from their farms and ranches to join us in Washington,” said Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick. “I thank our Congressional delegation for the hospitable welcome we received while in Washington,” he added.

“We had excellent meetings and I am hopeful our national representatives will keep our perspectives in mind as they consider policies that have a direct impact on our Florida farm families.”

Along with Capitol Hill meetings, Florida members met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to learn more about the administration’s strategies for implementing regulatory reform.  A Taste of Florida Agriculture legislative reception with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Services at the National Press Club was also an event highlight.