Hear it now: Marshall Nuckolls, president of Clay County Farm Bureau, recorded an interview about his trip to Washington, D.C. before the Clay County Cracker barrel on Feb. 25.
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Clay County was represented as more than two-thirds of Indiana's 92 county Farm Bureau presidents traveled to Washington, D.C., last month. The annual meeting, usually held in Indianapolis, was conducted for the first time in our nation's capitol.
"We were busy," Nuckolls told The Brazil Times. "We met with Lugar and we met with Bayh."
Not only did the 66 county Farm Bureau presidents get to meet with Indiana's two U.S. senators, but they met with various congressmen and congressional staffs as well, as Nuckolls said in a recorded interview before the Feb. 25 Cracker barrel.
The three-day event included a visit to the Canadian Embassy and a special tour of the U.S. Capitol as well.
"We have wanted to take our county presidents to Washington, D.C., for a number of years," said Indiana Farm Bureau President Dale Villwock in a news release. "In terms of political influence, it's very impressive to bring such a large number of Farm Bureau leaders from communities all around the state."
One highlight was the special tour of the U.S. Capitol building by Indiana 6th District Congressman Mike Pence. Because the House of Representatives was not in session at the time, Pence was allowed to take the Farm Bureau group to the House floor -- a privilege usually reserved only for members of the House.
"I was very impressed with Mr. Pence and really appreciated his taking time to give us the tour," Karen Corner, president of the Grant County Farm Bureau said. "He was very knowledgeable about so much of the history of the Capitol building. This trip reinforced for me what a great form of government we have in this country."
During the group's visit to the Canadian Embassy, Canadian officials praised the close relationship between the U.S. and Canada, especially in the area of trade.
The county Farm Bureau presidents were also briefed on national issues that are key to future U.S. agriculture, including immigration, trade and the farm program.
Following these briefings, the presidents visited Indiana's U.S. senators and then broke up into small groups to visit their respective congressmen.