Immigration reform and health care reform and how they are connected to agriculture will be the main topics of discussion when the Leaders of American Agri-Women gather in Washington, D.C. during the week of June 2-5.
The meeting, the 20th annual symposium hosted by AAW will be held at the National Press Club. Discussion will begin on Monday June 3 at 8:30 a.m. with a panel presentation on the key topics of immigration and health care reform.
During the week, members of the group will meet with officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies, and with members of Congress.
On June 4, the American Agri-Women will host a Congressional reception in the house agriculture committee room. The reception is an annual event and offers members of the group an opportunity to interact with Congressional representatives in a social setting.
The group has identified agricultural labor and the need for immigration reform and changes to the Department of Labor regulations as a key issue. They will also be addressing the Endangered Species Act and how new or proposed listings will be funded and how they will affect agricultural production.
AAW members will also be talking to Congressmen about the Farm Bill in general and specifically about research funding and crop insurance.
"It is our mission – and our duty – to represent and protect those who produce food, feed, fiber and fuel for the world," says Karen Yost of Billings, Mont., AAW president. "Our meetings are also an important way we educate legislators and policymakers."
AAW is the national coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women's organizations, with more than 60 state and commodity affiliate organizations.
Since 1974, AAW members have worked together to educate consumers; advocate for agriculture; and offer networking and professional development opportunities. Go to the AAW website for more information and to join. Find AAW on social media on Facebook and Twitter.