Clements: The American Farm Bureau Federation says farmers and ranchers need to contact their legislators to highlight the importance of tax and regulatory reforms currently being considered in Congress. AFBF director of grassroots program development, Randy Dwyer, says farmers and ranchers are the best voice when it comes to advocating for farm-related legislation.
Dwyer: It’s important that farmers and ranchers reach out and talk to their legislators at all levels of government. Honestly, farmers and ranchers, they’re the experts on these issues, they know how regulatory reform and tax reform affects their operation. And, together when they raise their voice in the halls of Congress, it has a huge impact.
Clements: Jordan Craig, also an AFBF director of grassroots program development, says if farmers and ranchers fail to advocate the passage of regulatory and tax reforms, they could be subject to more regulatory overreach in the future.
Craig: We run the risks of nothing happening at all, or it being something that we don’t want, being more regulations, and farmers and ranchers have already told us that this is a problem for me. And so, we need them to really stand up and speak out about why it’s impacting them, how it’s impacting them, and what they want their legislator to do about it.
Clements: Dwyer says micro advocacy, focusing on specific issues such as tax and regulatory reforms, is simple, and works.
Dwyer: Legislators do react to emails that come in, they do respond to them. But, in order for them to be effective, it’s extremely important that farmers and ranchers take a moment to personalize their message, mention that they’re a Farm Bureau member, mention the county that they belong to, and talk a little bit about their operation. Putting some personalization into any communication into Washington, D.C. makes it real for these legislators and their staff so they can be responsive.
Clements: Find more resources online at fb.org/advocacy. Micheal Clements, Washington.
Communications Assistant, AFBF