If you’ve never contacted your congressman, now is the time to do so. that’s because for the first time, ag will be forced to play defense in this Farm Bill on the issues of animal welfare, factory farming, cloning, and land and environmental stewardship. This will take time away from traditional safety-net and conservation issues, says Bryan Scott Oedzes, executive vice president of regulatory affairs for Ag Associates, LLC. And the ramifications will affect your bottom-line.

However, he adds that a lot of policy in Washington, D.C., is accomplished with grassroots advocacy. “It matters what you say and that your legislators hear from you,” he insists. “Producers need to get better at playing offense.”

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