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Louisville, KY -- Equipped with national priority issues established during their annual meeting in December, 185 Kentucky Farm Bureau volunteer leaders are heading to the nation’s capitol during the last week of February. The group has scheduled a series of strategic discussions with Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation to examine issues facing agriculture in the Commonwealth.
“This trip allows Kentucky Farm Bureau’s volunteer leaders to engage directly with members of our federal delegation on issues that impact ag and rural issues in the state,” said Joe Cain, KFB’s Commodity Division director and coordinator of the meetings with Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation.
County leaders will be briefed on the current political environment in Washington by the staff of KFB and American Farm Bureau Federation on Tuesday, Feb. 25. As the group prepares to meet with its Congressmen and Senators the following day, Krysta Harden, USDA Deputy Secretary, and Robert Bonnie, USDA Under Secretary for National Resources Conservation Service, will share additional updates on the recently passed five-year farm bill as well as changes to conservation services.
A full day of interaction with Kentucky’s political leaders in Washington, D.C., begins at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, with a breakfast at the Holiday Inn Capitol. Both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senators -- Mitch McConnell (R) and Rand Paul (R) -- as well as all six of the U.S. Representatives from Kentucky -- Andy Barr (R), Brett Guthrie (R), Thomas Massie (R), Hal Rogers (R), Ed Whitfield (R) and John Yarmuth (D) -- will address the KFB group during the breakfast, offering updates on the work being done in our nation’s capitol.