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Farm Bureau members bound for Washington DC


JACKSON – A group of about 80 volunteer leaders of Farm Bureau are bound for Washington, D.C., to convey the message to their Congressional leaders that agriculture is still an important part of the economy of Mississippi and the nation.

The group, which represents more than 230,000 members of Farm Bureau in the state, will spend three days in the nation’s capital (March 26-28) carrying agriculture’s message.

“This kind of personal contact with members of Congress is invaluable to our efforts,” said David Waide, president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau. “Face-to-face contact between folks who support families on the farm and elected officials helps the lawmakers see the personal side of laws they pass.”

While in Washington, the volunteer leaders intend to stress the importance of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and push the issue of animal identification. Bills addressing these issues are pending in Congress. They will also be talking with their representatives about taxes and agricultural trade. In addition to visits with members of Congress, the members of the delegation will visit with USDA and Environmental Protection Agency officials along with a visit to the Canadian Embassy.

This trip is part of Farm Bureau’s year-round effort to have an influence on legislation that affects the well-being of agriculture and rural Mississippi.

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The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm organization with more than 230,000 member-families statewide.  There are Farm Bureaus in all 82 counties in Mississippi where agriculture comprises a fundamental part of Mississippi 's economy.  Headquartered in Jackson , the federation is an independent, non-profit agricultural organization and is not associated with any arm of the government.  For more information about Farm Bureau, visit our website at www.msfb.com.

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