Michigan potato growers are preparing to take their stories of key issues impacting potato production in Michigan and across the nation to our elected officials in our nation’s capital.
Those attending with join with other potato growers as a part of the National Potato Council’s Potato DC Fly-In: Standing Up for Potatoes on Capitol Hill, February 26- March 1, 2018. Meetings will be held at the Capital Hilton, just blocks from the White House.
Mike Wenkel, Executive Director of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission notes,
“It is always an informative and eye-opening experience to interact with the members of the Michigan House and Senate delegation in D.C. We welcome individuals from throughout the potato supply chain to join us as it really helps us to connect with how an issue for our industry can affect their district – rural or urban.”
Attendees will hear from top political analysts on policies impacting farms and agriculture, meet face-to-face with Michigan’s Congressional members and staff, help convey real-life farming practices to influential administration officials and regulators, and gain year-round advocacy tools to shape policy to benefit your business.
If interested in joining the group from Michigan, plan to arrive in Washington, DC on Monday, February 26 as the first activities begin at 3:30 pm. Sessions on the key issues along with some keynote speakers will be on the schedule for Tuesday. Those from Michigan will be able to participate in office visits to all of Michigan’s 14 house offices and two senator offices with pre-arranged meetings on Wednesday and Thursday morning.
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If you have questions or plan to attend, please contact our office at 517-253-7370 so you can be included in the special Michigan activities that will be taking place.