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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Congress' October Homecoming

Congress’ October Homecoming

By John Crabtree, Center for Rural Affairs,

As September came to a close, so did the 109th session of Congress. Neither the Senate nor the House of Representatives will meet again until after the November 7th election. During October, most Senators and Representatives, and their opponents, will travel their states and districts meeting with voters and discussing past, present and future issues.

This presents an opportunity for farmers, ranchers and rural people to discuss the future of our rural communities, face to face, with the men and women that will make many decisions in the next two years that directly impact our lives and our communities.

If we expect our elected officials to remember us and our communities, then we need to tell them our stories. And we need to discuss not only the challenges that our communities face, but real solutions as well.

Take the time to meet with your Senators, Representative and challengers. Let them know that there are solutions to the stern challenges faced by our rural communities. Ask Congress to focus the 2007 farm bill on real solutions – beginning farmers and ranchers; conservation on working lands; value added agricultural development; and rural entrepreneurship.

And let them know that they can revitalize family farming by limiting the subsidies that mega farms use to bid up land costs and drive their smaller neighbors out of business. Moreover, farm payment limits will save money that can be invested in the future of rural America.

Read the Center for Rural Affairs’ 2007 farm bill proposals at


  • At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    what's the best way of finding out when they be in my town (or county for that matter)?

    Whiting, Iowa

  • At 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I would suggest trying their campaign websites first and then their Senate or House websites.

  • At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I called Rep. King's campaign HQ and they said that he will be in Monona county at the Republican county central committee meeting this evening. Mapleton Community Center at 6:30. He does not post his schedule on his website at this time. But for the person who posted from Whiting I thought the Monona county information might be helpful.


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