Recently, more than 140 grassroots leaders from across the nation participated in AFBF’s DC Fly-in. Among those were NMF&LB President Craig Ogden, Rio Arriba County FLB President Donald Martinez, and State Board member Travis Harris. They visited with New Mexico’s representatives to discuss support for the U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement (USMCA), the dire need for more agricultural labor, and how our state’s rural areas need greater access to high-speed broadband.
“Engagement is key in building relationships with our lawmakers,” says NMF&LB President Craig Ogden. “If we expect our representatives to understand agriculture in our state, we have to meet with them and share our concerns. I appreciate that Donald and Travis took the time to join the DC fly-in, that personal interaction makes a difference.”
“It was good to go since we as individuals need to participate in the process and visit with those that make the rules we have to operate under,” says Travis Harris. Donald Martinez added “The staff members we met with were very responsive to what we had to say.”
Please let us know if you’re interested in participating in the next fly-in, advocates are always welcome.
Photo courtesy of Tanner Anderson.