As a global pandemic and extreme weather events batter an already weak agricultural economy, hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and rural residents are gathering online this week to speak directly with their elected representatives and administration officials as part of National Farmers Union’s fall legislative fly-in.
NFU President Rob Larew says farmers are facing a myriad of challenges in 2020.
“Between low commodity prices, corporate control of the food industry, chronic overproduction, global trade disputes, underfunded infrastructure, and inadequate access to broadband internet, family farmers and rural communities have had a tough go of it for the last several years. Now, the coronavirus pandemic and climate change-related disasters have made many of those problems worse while also creating new ones. But Farmers Union members won’t just be highlighting the challenges they’re confronting; they’re also proposing sensible legislative solutions to build a better, more equitable, and more resilient food system for everyone.”
Advocates from across the country will campaign for policies that address those issues.
Larew says fly-in participants will be building on National Farmers Union’s long history of grassroots advocacy.
“There’s nothing I look forward to more than seeing Farmers Union members every year at fly-in. We will really miss having everyone here in person, but thanks to modern technology, they will still have this crucial opportunity to shape stronger agricultural policy from the ground up.”
The event starts the week with a U.S. Department of Agriculture briefing and a Congressional briefing. Throughout the week, participants will join small-group meetings with congressional offices, a panel discussion on the USPS, and a virtual social gathering.
Learn more at NFU.org.