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YCs Lobby for Dairy Producers in Washington

July 2, 2010


YCs Lobby for Dairy Producers in Washington

Young Cooperators (YCs) from around the country descended on Washington, DC early last month to attend the 2010 YC Dairy Policy and Legislative Forum, held in conjunction with NMPF's Board of Directors meeting.

After listening to a legislative update, the YCs trekked to Capitol Hill where they stopped by the offices of their members of Congress to inform them about the latest dairy issues important to them and their farms.

2010 YC Chaircouple Marty and Lisa Burken with Swiss Valley Farms met personally with Senator Chuck Grassley from their home state of Iowa (in the upper left photo), and they were fortunate to also visit with Iowa's other senator Tom Harkin. Other YCs were successful in their congressional visits as well.

When the congressional visits were complete, the YCs headed for NMPF's annual Capitol Hill Reception, where they mingled with members of Congress, Hill staffers, NMPF board members, and other guests while sampling cheese and other hors d'oeuvres.

The next morning, NMPF was given an update from Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA), who spoke at the Political Action Committee (PAC) Breakfast. YCs sat in on the Board of Directors meeting following the breakfast, and the meeting concluded with a luncheon for all in attendance.

For more information on NMPF's YC Program, please visit Photos from the YC and board meeting are available at