On July 23-24, 2019, nearly 750 Farm Credit customers and employees traveled to Washington, D.C., for the Farm Credit Fly-In. The impact our directors, employees and customers made on Capitol Hill that week was second to none.
These Farm Credit representatives met with members of Congress to update lawmakers on the farm economy and how producers are faring. With the sustained period of low commodity prices and multiple severe weather events occuring across the country, educating Congress on current conditions is crucial. Farm Credit met with lawmakers to help them understand the conditions of the agriculture economy. Additionally, the Fly-In provides Farm Credit with the opportunity to showcase our impact on rural communities and the important role we play in supporting farmers, ranchers and rural infrastructure providers in good times and bad.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue kicked off the week's festivities followed by a conversation with House Agriculture Committee members Reps. David Scott (D-GA) and Austin Scott (R-GA). Reps. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), both senior members of the House Agriculture Committee, hosted Farm Credit women directors, customers and executives for donuts and discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing farmers and ranchers today. Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), a fellow member of the committee, also joined the breakfast conversation.
Farm Credit's Congressional Reception and Marketplace drew more than 1,000 guests, including many members of Congress to the historic Libary of Congress Great Hall. Attendees sampled and took home more than 20,000 products produced by Farm Credit customers.
Learn more about the customers and products that traveled to our nation's capital in July.