In late June, members of the CHS Board of Directors and New Leaders program traveled to Washington, D.C. to connect with members of Congress and administration officials about issues that impact our farmer-owners’ businesses and the cooperative system.
As part of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives Washington Conference, CHS farmer-owners joined CHS President and CEO Jay Debertin to meet with elected officials from Montana, Nebraska, Washington, South Dakota, North Dakota, Kansas and Minnesota.
Eight new leaders participated in the Political Advocacy with CHS Government Affairs program, an extension of the CHS New Leaders program aimed at learning skills critical for engaging effectively and making a powerful impact on issues relevant to CHS and its owners.
“In today’s political environment, it is vitally important that farmers and ranchers sit down with lawmakers face-to-face to explain how decisions in Washington have real impacts on farm families and rural communities,” said John Engelen, vice president of CHS Government Affairs. “The voices of CHS owners are incredibly powerful and respected on Capitol Hill. These meetings are another way CHS helps ensure that that our ideas and concerns reach those who shape legislation and regulations.”
The board members and new leaders discussed extending the alternative fuel mixture excise tax credit, passing a Farm Bill with a strong safety net and maintaining key export markets and trading relationships.