Farm Credit fly-in highlights ag bill
Farm Credit officials held a Washington, D.C., fly-in for the second year in a row, gathering on Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and to highlight the importance of the next farm bill.
More than a dozen Arkansans made the trip late last month. They heard from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
They also held a breakfast meeting with all six members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation, according to Jill Robertson, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas’ communications and marketing specialist.
Overall, more than 600 Farm Credit officials from across the country gathered in Washington and met with hundreds of lawmakers. Farm Credit is a nationwide network of financial services cooperatives.
“It was a real unified message and a real unified effort,” Robertson said.
One of the highlights of the visit was a marketplace event at the Library of Congress, featuring products from across the country, she said. Arkansans who participated passed out goat-milk soap samples, she added.