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American Agri-Women head to D.C.

American Agri-Women recently drafted resolutions to address issues and threats to agriculture. Representatives from this all-volunteer coalition of more than 50,000 farm, ranch, and agribusiness women will deliver these resolutions to elected officials in Washington, D.C., in early June.

The group's resolutions, which are reviewed each spring, cover ag business and economics, commodities, and natural resources.

"It's our mission--and our duty--to represent and protect those who produce food, feed, fiber and fuel for the world," said Karen Yost of Billings, Mont., AAW president. "Our meetings are also an important way we educate legislators and policy-makers."

Members also heard from ag experts at the midyear meeting, which was held at Lied Lodge, in Nebraska City, Neb. They included: Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE), former secretary of agriculture; Gary Sides, cattle nutritionist, Pfizer Animal Health; Damien Schiff, senior staff attorney from the National Litigation Center; Rick Sheehy, Lt. Governor of Nebraska; Melissa Keyes, UN-Lincoln student and member of the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute; and Joe Gerstandt, diversity consultant.

A panel of animal ag experts also answered questions regarding threats to livestock owners and producers. The panel included: Mindy Patterson from the Cavalry Group; Andrea Hutchinson, Chain Land and Cattle Co., Canton, Okla.; Sarah Hubbart, Animal Agriculture Alliance; and Sue Wallis, Wallis Ranch, Recluse, Wyo.

For more information on the AAW Fly-In to Washington D.C. to be held in June, contact Karen Yost, at president@americanagriwomen.org or (406) 794-0888 or visit www.americanagriwomen.org.

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