WASHINGTON, D.C. - Greg and Mary Bartz of Sleepy Eye were among the more than 20 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota who traveled to the nation's capital during the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Farmers to Washington Trip, March 25-20.
Greg Bartz serves as the District II representative on the Minnesota Farm Bureau Board of Directors.
Farm Bureau members met with American Farm Bureau Federation staff and received a briefing on current issues. Attendees also met with representatives at the United States Department of Agriculture discussing the farm bill and the Department of Labor's proposed significant changes to child labor regulations.
Participants met with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and members of Congress Collin Peterson, Michele Bachmann, Chip Craavack, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz and representatives from the offices of Chairman John Kline, Keith Ellison and Erik Paulsen.
During their meetings, Farm Bureau discussed their concerns with the Department of Labor's proposed changes to child labor regulations. They also discussed the farm bill, animal care, estate tax, free trade agreements and Congress granting permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Russia, transportation, Asian silver carp, the importance of the state and federal partnerships working on wolf management, broadband in rural America and the Environmental Protection Agency overreach.