Michigan Farm Bureau advocating in D.C., meets Ukrainian Ambassador
Michigan Farm Bureau members are highlighting trade, labor, and sustainability issues in meetings with members of Congress in Washington D.C. this week.
President Carl Bednarski tells Brownfield Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow and her staff appear to have shared priorities in the 2023 Farm Bill.
“It was a good discussion, I think everyone is on the same page also in trying to get that farm bill done by the end of the year,” he says. “It will be quite a challenge, but everyone is trying to make that their goal.”
He says farmers will also meet one-on-one with their Representatives, including Elissa Slotkin who is serving on the House Ag Committee.
“A lot of our legislators are fairly new, or they have new districts so we need to form those relationships,” he says.
Bednarski calls a visit with the Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. during the trip an eye-opening experience.
“She was saying any signs of support are tremendous, and she did even invite us to come to Ukraine,” he says. “They were very upbeat, and they are very positive that they win this war.”
The ambassador indicated farmers in 10 regions have already started planting, despite the danger of land mines. Ukrainian officials estimate the country now contains the most land mines in the world.
It’s the first time Michigan Farm Bureau has hosted its Washington Legislative Seminar since the pandemic.
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