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Letter from Leadership - September 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tim Trotter, executive director
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As we enter the fall season, it appears the winds may be changing in Washington, D.C. Like I say all the time, the political and emotional landscape is volatile. No different than an episode from the old tv series, “As the World Turns.”

The recent announcement regarding trade relations with Mexico is case in point. Just when we think our efforts are coming up short, we see evidence of progress. Your voices have been extremely important in this effort and will be even more critical in the days and weeks to come. Politics and policy development is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Similar to dairy farming, passion and commitment will help us prevail.

Please mark your calendars for an important policy update with our Washington, D.C. lobbyist Michael Torrey at World Dairy Expo. (More information here). Michael will provide us with timely information regarding trade, farm bill, immigration and other Edge legislative priorities. More importantly, you will have a chance to visit with him and share your ideas and insight. I realize that it’s difficult to break away from the farm, but we feel it will be a wise use of your time.

Lastly, the Edge board of directors has appointed a new board member. Gordon Speirs, a dairy farmer from Brillion, Wis., was selected to fill the vacated seat held by the late John Pagel. His experience as an active member of Edge, serving on the Committee of Political Affairs and going to Washington, D.C. lobbying on behalf of our members gives him a keen understanding of the issues and is evidence of his commitment, compassion and leadership.

I hope everyone has a safe and productive fall harvest.

My best,


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