Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas told those attending the National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, February 1, when it comes to the 2012 Farm Bill, he plans to use this year to bring the new members of the House Agriculture Committee up-to-speed and he said NACD’s involvement in the writing of the Farm Bill cannot be understated.
“You’ve got people across the country, you’ve got people virtually everywhere, you have people who have historically been involved with Congress, both members of the House and Senate, and it’s going to be critical in this cycle that once again NACD be involved in the process,” said Chairman Lucas.
And the Chairman says that means reaching out to those new members of Congress and their key staff about the importance of conservation programs.
“Go to their town meetings, call up and develop a relationship, not only with the member, but with their ag related staff person, both in the district and D.C.,” Lucas said. “NACD has always done a tremendous job of this grassroots lobbying, but there are so many new members in the House and Senate this time, that we need to be prepared to be able to impact the legislation, because let’s face it, not many groups out there have a better understanding of conservation than NACD.”