Potato industry leaders are lobbying Congress and federal regulators on guest worker reform, highway truck limits, inclusion of potatoes in the Women, Infants and Children Program and other priorities at the 2014 Potato D.C. Fly-In.
Organized by the National Potato Council, the Feb. 24-27 event allows industry leaders from across the country to talk with members of Congress and hear from political insiders, according to a news release from the NPC.
Industry advocates will also press for increasing funding for potato pest, disease, and breeding research programs. The group plans to advocate for passage of trade promotion authority to help the U.S. negotiate trade agreements, according to the release.
The Fly-In schedule includes:
- luncheon with Tucker Carlson, co-host of Fox News’ “Fox & Friends Weekend” and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller;
- update from pollster Charlie Cook;
- discussion titled “Way Out of Washington Dysfunction” with conservative columnist Cal Thomas and his Democratic counterpart Bob Beckel;
- visits by House and Senate agriculture committee leaders chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), and ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.); and
- briefings by USDA’s Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Edward Avalos.