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L & M, Raleigh, NC
As an operations manager in Florida, for my North Carolina based company, I am always looking forward. A key piece of that is staying up to date with what is happening in the halls of Congress and how that will come to impact our day to day business operations.
When the House Agriculture Committee came to Florida this summer for a Farm Bill Listening Session: Conversation in the Field, I attended, listened to the wide variety of remarks and provided my own 3 minutes of comments. The specialty crop industry is united to advocate for a common set of priorities in the 2018 Farm Bill and it was important the Committee hear how these programs positively address specialty crop needs for our industry as a whole and for me as a producer.
Just a few weeks after the Farm Bill Listening Session, when United Fresh called and asked if I could come to DC for their Fly-In, I booked my hotel and plane ticket. The combination of the engagement when you tell your story in the district and then meet face-to-face with Congress and their staff in Washington, is what moves the needle on key issues. This approach is truly a win-win for building stronger relationships and making a greater impact for my business and fellow specialty crop colleagues throughout the US. Tell Congress the importance of a strong 2018 Farm Bill and join me at the Washington Conference.
Greeting Chairman, Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture David Rouzer to our July Fly-In.
Welcoming Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina to the Washington Conference