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Farm Bureau members visit D.C.

ST. PAUL -- Seventeen Farm Bureau members from across Minnesota met with their political leaders, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials and representatives of the Embassy of Ireland during the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Farmers to Washington D.C. trip, Feb. 28-March 4.

The trip included a briefing from the American Farm Bureau Federation on current issues, a USDA meeting with the director for climate change programs, the deputy director for food safety inspection and the deputy administrator for farm programs -- Farm Service Agency.

Participants met with Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Reps. Collin Peterson, Michele Bachmann, Erik Paulsen and staff members from the Congressional offices of Jim Oberstar, John Kline and Tim Walz.

During their meetings, Farm Bureau members discussed a variety of issues affecting agriculture, including food safety, greenhouse gas reductions, animal care, biodiesel blender credit, estate tax, transportation, trade and opposition to removing the word "navigable" from the Clean Water Act.