Hurricane Changes Fly-in Schedule for Ag Groups

Hurricane Florence is impacting not only farming, but also the farm bill process.  Farmers in Washington, D.C as part of the National Pork Producers Council legislative fly-in are being asked to return home today to avoid being stranded there by Hurricane Florence.

Pork producers this week were there to talk trade, the farm bill, and labor issues with lawmakers, according to the Hagstrom Report. NPPC also seeks “proper regulatory authority for genetically engineered livestock and laboratory-produced cultured protein.”

National Farmers Union members who arrived earlier this week are not expected to leave until a scheduled departure on Friday. More than 350 farmers within the organization are also participating in a fly-in this week, to “push for passage of a farm bill that supports family agriculture.”

A majority of weather forecasters predict Hurricane Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas as a strong category five storm Thursday, with impacts all along the eastern seaboard.