Land O'Lakes Young Cooperator Members Bring Rural America to Capitol Hill
6/21/2012 12:00 AM
Land O'Lakes visiting Capitol Hill is the “best thing that farmers can do,” according to Mark Buntjer, a National Milk Producers Federation young cooperator from Long Prairie, Minn. He noted that, “More farmers and producers need to get out there and tell our stories. We can share first-hand what’s going on in rural America and people in DC are ready to listen.”
Land O'Lakes Member Kim and Mark Buntjer, along with their son Jadon, visit Washington DC as part of the Young Cooperator Fly-In.
The Land O’Lakes member, along with his wife Kim, and California dairy farmer Michael Oosten, recently met with Members of Congress and staff to discuss agricultural issues, including a new farm bill, trade agreements and immigration as part of the Young Cooperator (YC) fly-in last week.
The trip marked the Buntjer’s second visit to the Hill, and, according to Mark, talking about important issues “only gets easier. You can really get your voice heard, whether it’s in-person, in DC or just picking up the phone. It’s amazing what kind of impact you can have.”
Highlights for the Buntjers included sharing how immigration issues have personally affected their farm and watching Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN) share information about the Farm Bill on the Senate floor from inside of her office. They were excited to have the opportunity to bring their son to DC and expose him to the legislative process.
The YC fly-in was held in conjunction with the National Milk Producers Federation Board of Directors Meeting. The program educates and strengthens leadership skills in dairy producers under the age of 40. The Buntjers sit on the YC Advisory Council. kes Young Cooperator Members Bring Rural America to Capitol Hill