2014 Marketers to Washington


The 2014 Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) "Marketers to Washington" trip is set for August 11-14. The trip will focus on crop and livestock marketing, risk management, government farm programs, trade, and regulatory and economic issues.  One of the highlights will be a visit to USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) to learn how the crop repMarketerstowashins (1)ort is assembled and to participate in its official lockup and release.  

Doug Yoder, Senior Director of Affiliate & Risk Management for IFB, pointed out that this “Marketers to Washington” trip will be considerably different from the “Leaders to Washington” trips, since it will not include any legislative activity due to the Congressional summer recess. "All of our efforts will be focused on understanding marketing and regulatory issues through visits to several government agencies," he said.

According to Yoder, trip candidates would be those involved in their county Farm Bureaus who would like to understand the further development and implementation of Farm Bureau policy into national legislation and federal regulations.  "They should also be willing to support Farm Bureau policy during meetings with federal agencies," he added. Also important to note - the group will do a lot of walking at a fast pace.

Here's the breakdown on applicant acceptance:

  • Six seats will be reserved for members of the current year's SWAT committees, space permitting.  The SWAT member must have attended at least one SWAT meeting in the current year.  Priority will be given to SWAT members who have not been on a recent Washington trip.
  • Nine seats will be reserved for members of Marketing Committees.  Marketing Committee members may come from any county in Illinois -- seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • “Space Permitting" applicants will be considered for any remaining seats on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to space and restrictions, spouses and immediate family members may not participate in the same trip.

Ready to go? Submit your application to Doug Yoder, IFB Governmental Affairs and Commodities, by June 6, 2014. 

  • Mail: 1701 Towanda Avenue, Bloomington, IL  61702-2901
  • Fax: 309-557-3729 or
  • Email: yoder@ilfb.org

The application should be signed by the county Farm Bureau manager. Participant selection will be determined by June 17.

To learn more about cost and travel arrangements, go to /ifb-leader-section/cfb-office-tools/conferences-events/marketers-to-washington-2014.aspx




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Click here to listen to Doug Yoder, Senior Director of Affiliate and Risk Management, talk about the trip on RFD Radio.

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