ALABAMA FARMERS ARE WASHINGTON BOUND
MONTGOMERY Environmental issues and federal budget concerns will rank high on the agenda for Alabama farmers when they travel to the nation's capital March 14-18 for the Alabama Farmers Federation's 1998 Washington legislative trip.
In a series of meetings March 16-17 in the nation's capital, the more than 300 farmers participating in this year's trip will discuss with Alabama's congressional delegation and other officials issues ranging from animal waste management to food safety to serious deficiencies in the proposed 1999 agriculture budget.
Among those scheduled to meet with the Alabama farm delegation in Washington are the heads of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency; Alabama Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions; and Congressman Larry Combest, R-Texas, who is expected to succeed retiring Congressman Bob Smith of Oregon as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.
Federation National Affairs Director Keith Gray said one highlight of this year's schedule will be a panel discussion featuring representatives from national commodity organizations, including beef, pork, peanuts, cotton and corn.
The farmers will arrive in Washington March 14 and 15 and return to Alabama March 18.