As work begins on the writing of the 2012 Farm Bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Frank Lucas of Oklahoma wants your help. The Chairman says that for those living in rural America, whether you’re involved in production agriculture, processing or transportation, he’s hoping you’ll become citizen activists and help him by reaching out to members of Congress.
“Help me be prepared to get the attention of my colleagues who may not be on the committee, who may not be from the countryside, about how important it is that we have a chance in rural America to continue to not just survive, but to economically thrive,” Lucas said. “
Chairman Lucas recognizes there’s a long struggle ahead, and says one of his biggest challenges will be bringing all the new members on the House Agriculture, both Democrats and Republicans, up to speed.
“If you have a new member in your congressional district, reach out to them and their staffs, develop a relationship, whether they serve on the ag committee or not,” said the House Ag Committee Chairman. “Begin to bring them up to speed, especially if they don’t serve on the ag committee, about how important agriculture is in their Congressional district, about how important agriculture is to the entire country.”