Conversations about trade, tax reform, and the next Farm Bill echoed through the halls and offices on Capitol Hill recently as over 100 Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) members met with members of the Congress to talk about issues important to agriculture and Atascosa County.
The farmers and ranchers were in Washington, D.C. March 27 – 30. Atascosa County Board Director Suzanne Schuchart and husband, Pat, attended TFBs National Affairs and Awards Trip.
This trip is the perfect opportunity for Atascosa County residents to really connect with their elected officials, Pete Pawelek, Atascosa County Farm Bureau president said. This helps elected officials put a face with an issue. When they talk about immigration reform or over-regulation, we want them to think about our faces and how it will impact us.
During this years National Affairs Award Trip, members discussed immigration reform, border security, the next farm bill, the need for a reliable guest worker program, taxes, regulatory reform and other issues facing agriculture and rural Texas.
Attendees met with their representatives in Congress as well as Mike Conaway, Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, and Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.
There seems to be a lot of optimism in Washington, D.C. right now, President Pawelek said, were hopeful that will translate into great opportunities for Atscosa County, Texas and our nation.
Atascosa County Farm Bureau members earn their places on the National Affairs and Awards Trip by meeting with local legislators and through other acts of advocacy.