Your support is key to farm bill’s success

06/01/2012 08:53:00 AM
Tom Stenzel

Now more than ever, being “united” truly makes the difference. Through your support, United FreshPAC works to help elect members of Congress who will listen to our industry, whether from traditional agricultural production areas where we drive the economy, or from inner cities where fresh produce is equally valued for our contribution to public health.

By pooling our financial resources, the produce industry can make a difference in key campaigns across the country.

You can also make a difference by bringing your own voice to Washington, D.C., just one month before the November elections.

Governmental face time

This year’s Washington Public Policy Conference will be the largest ever, with more face-to-face congressional meetings and insider events with leading policymakers.

With congressional meetings always a highlight of the event, we’ve doubled our time on Capitol Hill, allowing members to focus on House visits one afternoon, followed by Senate visits the next morning.

We’ll have more time for serious conversation with each congressional office. And, you won’t want to miss the annual FreshPAC dinner honoring all of our contributors who’ve helped us support good pro-business candidates throughout the year.

So as senators begin debate on the farm bill this week, take a minute to make a call or send an e-mail to your own senators encouraging them to support the farm bill.

You’ll be making a difference for your business. And together, we’ll all be making a difference for our industry.

With your efforts and a good amount of perseverance by Senate champions, the produce industry may see a strong bill pass the Senate, which would then set the stage for action in the House of Representatives later this summer or fall.

I can’t think of a more important scenario for members of the industry to come to Washington this fall, ready to advocate for a final farm bill that can be signed by the president this year.

Tom Stenzel is president and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association.


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