Members of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation State Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a series of meetings on agricultural issues important to Mississippi farmers and ranchers.

“Allowing the future of agriculture to travel and make contacts like this is imperative to our organization’s growth,” MFBF President Mike McCormick said. “I appreciate their dedication to representing Mississippi well during events like the YF&R Washington, D.C. trip.”

On the first day of the trip, young farmer leaders visited the United States Department of Agriculture, where they met with Under Secretary Bill Northey and Under Secretary Greg Ibach. They participated in round table discussion with representatives from John Deere and Farm Credit and were briefed by American Farm Bureau Federation staff.

On the second day of the trip, the group met with representatives from the White House Office of Public Liaison, the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, U.S. Congressman Trent Kelly, U.S. Congressman Michael Guest and U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo. They were also given the opportunity to mingle with representatives from Corteva, the Animal Agriculture Alliance, Texas Farm Bureau, and the American Farm Bureau for dinner that day.

On the final day of meetings, the group met with staff from the office of U.S. Senator Roger Wicker and had the opportunity to tour the U.S. Capitol building. Throughout the week, the young leaders focused on issues related to trade, regulatory relief and rural broadband deployment.