American Farmers & Ranchers Press DC Lawmakers in Appeal to Alleviate Economic Stress on ProducersTue, 10 Sep 2019 14:52:37 CDT
Each year, American Farmers & Ranchers leaders join their counterparts from AFR's sister organizations of the National Farmers Union from across the country to participate in a legislative fly-in to Washington, DC to speak with our nation's policy leaders about issues important to the agriculture industry and rural America. Bray Haven, AFR contract lobbyist, is in DC this week for that annual meeting and spoke over the phone with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn about the progress that has been made so far. You can listen to that complete phone conversation between Haven and Horn by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
According to Haven, trade has taken center stage this week in discussions with policy leaders. Haven has led those discussions along with AFR leaders also in attendance, attesting to the crippling effects that ongoing trade disruptions with China have had on the farm economy both in Oklahoma and around the country.
"We're talking to our lawmakers, telling them that we need a solution to the problems we have right now," Haven said. "Whether it's the trade war, the market disruption on the beef cattle side- there's just a lot of bad things going on in the farm economy and across the country - specifically Oklahoma because our economy is so dependent on the ag industry."
Haven says to overcome these challenges, the rural community must band together and continue to apply pressure to our leaders in DC in advocating for a speedy resolution to the trade disruptions and other issues at play having an impact on farm country.
"It as important now as ever to be involved with your farm organization," he asserted, underscoring the strength in numbers. "We just need to keep talking to our federal lawmakers and get a resolution to these issues. If you're not involved with a farm organization, we hope you'll be a part of AFR as we plan to continue stay engaged with these legislative issues whether it's on the state or national level."
Find out more about AFR and how you can get involved by clicking here, or listen to AFR President Scott Blubaugh share his thoughts on the progress being made at this week's meeting in DC by clicking here to listen to an early interview with him.
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