USMEF Chair Bruce Schmoll was a panelist on the National Agricultural Policy Roundtable at Minnesota Farmfest, held Aug. 2 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Schmoll, a soybean and corn producer from Claremont, Minnesota, was joined by American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish, National Corn Growers Association board member Tom Haag of Eden Valley, Minnesota, and National Pork Producers Council board member Jim Compart of Nicollet, Minnesota.
The panel discussed several policy issues impacting red meat trade, including the reopening of the Chinese market to U.S. beef, upcoming renegotiation of NAFTA and the importance of funding international marketing programs for U.S. agricultural exports in the next farm bill.
The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture also held a Farm Bill Listening Session at Minnesota Farmfest, with Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) among the committee members in attendance.
“Bringing the Agriculture Committee to my district, to Farmfest, gave members the opportunity to hear directly from Minnesota’s farmers about the challenges they face in this part of the country, said Peterson in this committee news release. “The input we get from those who actually use farm bill programs will help the committee as we look to potential changes in the next farm bill. I appreciated seeing so many familiar faces and thank everyone who was able to join us today.”