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Farmers, key members of Congress to speak at Farm Bill Now rally

Farm leaders and some key members of Congress will speak at the Farm Bill Now rally on the Capitol grounds on Wednesday, Farmers Union President Roger Johnson announced Monday.

Johnson and American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman will emcee the event, which will take place at Union Square in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pond at 11 a.m.

Legislators who are scheduled to speak include:
  • Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
  • Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.
  • House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn.
  • Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D.

Organizational speakers will include:
  • Fred Yoder, representative of 25x’25
  • Daren Coppock, president and CEO of Agricultural Retailers Association
  • Ambassador Tony P. Hall, executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger
  • Jon Scholl, president of American Farmland Trust
  • Steve Wellman, president of American Soybean Association
  • Gene Schmidt, president of National Association of Conservation Districts
  • Bing Von Bergen, first vice president of National Association of Wheat Growers
  • An elected county official representing National Association of Counties
  • Sally Greenberg, executive director of National Consumers League
  • Garry Niemeyer, president of National Corn Growers Association
  • Ken Nobis, president of Michigan Milk Producers Association, representing the National Milk Producers Federation
  • Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy at the United Fresh Produce Association

More than 80 organizations representing commodity crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, state and local governments, minor crops, energy and biobased product groups, farm cooperatives and financial groups, Farmers Union said in the news release.