The nation’s corn farmers were in Washington DC this week for Corn Congress to hear program updates and vote on policy priorities. Corn states also sent leaders to meet with their congressional delegations and staff.
The KyCorn executive team – Richard Strode (President), Mark Roberts (Vice President), and Richard Preston (Secretary) – and staff met with several Kentucky lawmakers to discuss the Farm Bill, transportation infrastructure, trade agreements, the Renewable Fuels Standard, and regulatory relief.
“They were very receptive and well-versed in most of the topics we brought to the table,” said Strode, a corn farmer from Stanley. “They also expressed frustration about how slow and contentious the process is.”
Preston, a farmer from Glendale, added, “We also saw firsthand how hard our legislators and their staff are working, and we appreciate them taking time to meet with us.”
Leaders also participated in adopting policy resolutions. Executive Director Laura Knoth said, “The Farm Bill discussions were very good and will help us frame the questions to get our own Kentucky farmers’ opinions during Farm Bill listening sessions this fall.”
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