Farm Credit fly-in high­lights ag bill

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

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.

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