The National Farmers Union is hosting its fly-in lobbying effort this week in the nation’s capital.
John Hansen, president of the Nebraska Farmers Union, says the top priority is pushing Congress to pass a five-year farm bill.
Hansen says they’ll present a petition that was circulated at the Nebraska State Fair calling for that action.
“We have about 500 signatures that we’re ready to give the Congressional delegation,” Hansen says, “and do everything we can to encourage them to be as positive and supportive as possible to bring this farm bill process to an end.”
Hansen says the delegation will be in discussions with members of Congress on a range of other issues. Areas of concern include: supporting the renewable fuel standard for biofuels, country of origin labeling, and looking at market reforms.
The fly-in runs through tomorrow with at least nine Nebraska Farmers Union members meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and federal ag officials.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton