Annual Legislative Luncheon held

Guy Phillips, Sussex County Farm Bureau President, shows guests a Delaware trailer tag at Tuesday's Legislative Luncheon.

Guy Phillips, Sussex County Farm Bureau President, shows guests a Delaware trailer tag at Tuesday’s Legislative Luncheon.

This year’s Delaware Farm Bureau Legislative Luncheon was held at Legislative Hall in Dover for the first time. Farm Bureau members, leaders, and staff gathered with elected officials to discuss issues surrounding the ag community. House Bill 63, Farm Vehicle & FT Tags, and program funding for Agland Preservation were just a few of the topics discussed.

Gary Warren (DFB President), Laura Hill (Second Vice President), Jonathan Thompson (First Vice President), Kitty Holtz (Kent County President), & Guy Phillips (Sussex County President) spoke to legislators and asked for their support of various bills that Farm Bureau is watching. The Legislative Luncheon gives officials ways in which they can support Farm Bureau and provides them a chance to interact with their constituents. The luncheon, came just two weeks after Farm Bureau traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with Delaware’s Congressional Delegation.

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Farm Bureau members travel to Washington, D.C.

President Bob Stallman speaks to Farm Bureau Members during their visit to the American Farm Bureau Federation offices on Tuesday, March 13th.

President Bob Stallman speaks to Farm Bureau Members during their visit to the American Farm Bureau Federation offices on Tuesday, March 13th.

Each March, Delaware Farm Bureau staff, members and leaders travel to Washington, D.C. to speak with our Congressional Delegation about ongoing issues impacting the ag industry in the State of Delaware. This year, the group had the pleasure of also visiting the American Farm Bureau Federation offices and speaking with AFBF President Bob Stallman. The group, traveled to D.C. and was first briefed by President Stallman, he was then followed by Danielle Quist (Senior Counsel for Public Policy), Cody Lyon (Director, Grassroots/Political Advocacy) and Dale Moore (Director, Public Policy).

After a short visit to Union Station for lunch, the group traveled to the Capitol Visitor’s Center to meet with Delaware’s Congressional Delegation. U.S. Senator Thomas Carper, U.S. Senator Chris Coons, along with Congressman John Carney have been huge supporters of the Delaware Farm Bureau and the ag industry. They spoke to members on issues including the passing of a new Farm Bill, the looming sequester and various health care issues.