OKFB members visit with legislators, state agencies in Washington, D.C.
More than 50 Oklahoma Farm Bureau members traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for rural Oklahoma during the organization’s Congressional Action Tour April 1-5.
Key topics of discussion for the week included the implementation of the new farm bill, immigration reform, the current farm economy, the importance of the relationship between the U.S. and Canada and the importance of international trade.
“Not just in the United States, but in Oklahoma in particular, we raise more wheat, we raise more cattle, we raise more pork, we raise more cotton, we raise more of everything than we can possibly consume,” said Rep. Frank Lucas. “Therefore, it’s critically important that we have world markets to sell into to have a price.”
In addition, Lucas emphasized the importance for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement to be ratified as soon as possible by Congress so that trade negotiations with Europe and China can be finalized.
OKFB members also visited with other members of the Oklahoma delegation including Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Rep. Kevin Hern and Rep. Kendra Horn.
While in the nation’s capital, OKFB members attended both Senate and Congressional briefings, met with officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Canadian Embassy and the House Agriculture Committee.
For more information on how you can attend a Congressional Action Tour, please contact Emmy Karns at 405-523-2300.