2017 All Ag, All Day DC Capitol Ag Tour

Highlights from the recent 2017 DC Capitol Ag Tour in Washington, DC (June 13th-16th). The purpose of the event is to talk with Congressional Representatives (House & Senate) who have a hand in policy that affects agriculture and rural America. Partners for the event include: American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Corn Producers Association of Texas (CPAT), National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA), Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA), Plains Cotton Growers (PCG), Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).

***To listen to the interviews/presentations, click on the Title (in red)***

Interviews with Members of Congress

  • Rep. David Rouzer (NC-17): Chairman of the House Ag Subcommittee on Livestock & Foreign Ag
  • Rep. Mike Conaway (TX-11): Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee / House Intelligence Committee
  • Sen. John Boozman (AR): Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management & Trade
  • Del. Stacey Plaskett (VI): Member of the House Agriculture Committee
  • Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23): Chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Information & Technology / Vice-Chairman of the the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border & Maritime Security
  • Rep. Austin Scott (GA-8): Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy & Credit
  • Rep. Dr. Ted Yoho (FL-3): Member of the House Agriculture Committee and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia & the Pacific
  • Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1): Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities & Risk Management
  • Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX-13): Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services

Interviews with Industry Leaders & Experts

  • Ethan Lane, Executive Director of the Public Lands Council (PLC) Washington, DC
  • Veronica Nigh, Economist & Trade Specialist with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) in Washington, DC
  • Kent Bacus, Director of International Trade & Market Access with the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) in Washington, DC
  • Kurt Shultz, Senior Director of Global Strategies with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in Washington, DC
  • Dale Moore, Executive Director of Public Policy with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) in Washington, DC
  • Dr. John Newton, Director of Market Intelligence with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) in Washington, DC
  • Floyd Gaibler, Director of Trade Policy & Biotechnology with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in Washington, DC
  • Kim Atkins, Vice President & COO with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in Washington, DC
  • Allison Cooke, Executive Director of Governmental Affairs with the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) in Washington, DC

Audio Wraps for radio stations
All wraps are 3:50 with outcue “I’m Tony St. James”…

  • WRAP-1: Sen. John Hoeven (ND-R) & Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR-D) on USDA’s Proposed FY18 Budget
  • WRAP-2: Sen. Jon Tester (MT-D) & Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on proposed budget cuts at USDA
  • WRAP-3: Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-R) (after shooting of Rep. Scalise) & Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX-R) on homeland security
  • WRAP-4: Rep. Austin Scott (GA-R) on writing a new farm bill in an era of budget cutting
  • WRAP-5: Rep. Dr. Ted Yoho (FL-R) talks about GMO’s and the misconception in the public
  • WRAP-6: Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-R) on fixing cotton and dairy in the next farm bill
  • WRAP-7: Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy (USDA-NIFA) testifying before the Senate on importance of ag research
  • WRAP-8: Rep. David Rouzer (NC-R) on the issue of “the cliff” in the Farm Bill’s SNAP program
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