Sep 22, 2015
Michigan Farmers Union members meet with lawmakers

Michigan Farmers Union (MFU) members and more than 270 fellow farmers, ranchers and fishermen from across the country met in Washington, D.C., Sept. 16-18 for the National Farmers Union annual Fall Legislative Fly-In.

“Meeting with our representatives in Congress allowed us to personalize the issues currently affecting rural Americans,” said MFU President, Bob Thompson.

“This was especially important considering the fact that important legislation is under attack and several massive trade agreements are in the works,” Thompson said. “Having the opportunity to voice our concerns directly to policymakers is one of the most important ways we can make a difference for all family farmers and ranchers.”

Farmers Union Fly-In participants highlighted the importance of Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS),trade issues, and other policies that impact their operations and lives.

Fly-in participants also presented the organization’s highest honor, the Golden Triangle Award, to a bipartisan group of 36 senators and representatives who have demonstrated leadership on issues relevant to America’s family farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

Among those awarded were Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow for their commitment to Michigan's family farmers.

“Year after year, family farmers and ranchers show that they are not only ready to feed the world, but are also willing to take the time from their jobs in the middle of harvest and meet with their elected officials to ensure that smart farm policies are in place for their children and communities,” Thompson said.

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