A few weeks ago I was able to head back to Washington DC with Oregon Farm Bureau for a few days. We visited with many of our states policy makers, attended a few events with the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, and also got to see a beautiful city! Here are just a few of the things that I learned while I was back east!
- Using words like “Safe, Abundant and Affordable” are not the best words to use when talking to consumers about the food we grow. (US Farmer & Rancher Food Event)
Katie Pratt, talking about why the USFRA is so important to today’s agriculture!
- Always try to address concerns that consumers have, while at the same time telling your ag story!
- Clean Water Act is an ongoing issue and I’m thankful that American Farm Bureau is working so hard on that issue for us farmers.
- Trans Pacific Partnership is really just a free trade agreement, new name is all.
- Meeting with legislators makes a difference! Thank you Congressman Schrader for introducing a bill to remove Ag products from the HOT GOODS issue, HR 1387!
- Even when you travel across the country you can find people from my small little town. Walked into an office to find a girl I grew up with as the head staffer for one of Oregon’s legislators! Small World indeed!
- New Zealand has the same population as Oregon and is just about the same size as our state as well. (New Zealand Embassy)
- John Wilkes Booth originally was planning to kidnap President Lincoln, obviously his plans changed! (DC Tour of Lincoln’s Assassination)
- There is a typo on the Lincoln Memorial wall, tried to cover it up, but if you look really hard you can see an E turned back into an F.
- All the museums in DC are FREE! Can you believe that, what a wonderful way to learn about history…can’t wait to go back!
Special shout out to our amazing tour company…DC by Foot. If you’re ever in DC they are a wonderful company!!