Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, has hosted a roundtable discussion in Clinton today to gather input from representatives of Missouri's agriculture community to collect their thoughts on the 2012 Farm Bill that is making its way through Congress.
"The purpose of this meeting was to bring together farmers and ranchers who are going to be most affected by the Farm Bill," said Hartzler. "Decisions regarding agriculture should be made by these stakeholders -- NOT by Washington bureaucrats. It is imperative that the thoughts and concerns of farmers and ranchers be represented when the Farm Bill gets to the floor of the House for a vote."
"The exchange of ideas was helpful and I will bring the ideas I heard to Washington for our negotiations on the Farm Bill," continued Hartzler. "As a farm girl growing up in Archie I often heard my parents speak of the importance of the decision-makers listening to what the people who produce our nation's food supply have to say. I am honored to be one of those people who not only has direct experience in agriculture, but can also listen and fight for rural America -- the backbone of our nation. With fewer and fewer national leaders possessiong direct knowledge of agriculture, I feel honored to be an advocate for rural America."
House Agriculture Committee Member Vicky Hartzler and her husband Lowell live on a working farm in Cass County. They are co-owners of three farm equipment stores in Missouri's Fourth District.