Hope abounds as Alabama Farmers Federation members prepare for their bi-annual Washington Legislative Conference in the nation’s capital March 7-10.
While Alabama farmers suffered through a difficult year with a drought and low commodity prices, there is great optimism the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress will promote policies favorable to the agricultural community and rural America, said Federation National Legislative Programs Director Mitt Walker
“Our farmers plan to discuss a number of issues with legislators and agency officials while we’re in Washington,” Walker said. “Our farmers will be especially interested in hearing from U.S. Rep Mike Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, who will address the group during the opening breakfast.”
Regulatory reform will be another focus of the conference with the new administration, Walker said. There also are several issues associated with the current and impending farm bills that will be important for many farmers in attendance, he added.
Walker said because this is a transition year for the federal government's executive branch, several guest speakers and meetings are being negotiated for Federation members attending the conference.
However, attendees can expect to meet with members of Alabama’s congressional delegation along with key agency officials.
A visit to the British Embassy is planned for the Alabama group, and a new addition to the conference is an evening tour of the major monuments in the DC area following the annual Capitol Hill barbecue reception.
Registration deadline for the conference is Feb. 9. To register or for more information, visit AlfaFarmers.org.