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Letter from leadership

Tuesday, June 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tim Trotter, executive director
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Greetings,

As early spring weighed us down with cloudy, cold, wet weather (and another April snowstorm), farmers were turning up the heat on federal policy issues.

“The voice of milk” is more than a tagline for Edge; it represents what you, our members, do best – speaking up for what is important to you, including on social media. And we’re here to help amplify that.

Last week, I described Edge to a prospective member by pointing out that our members are progressive thinkers and doers. You speak out on the critical issues facing dairy. You walk the talk.

There are plenty of recent examples.

Edge members Justin and Louisa Peterson of Creamery Creek Holsteins hosted a roundtable discussion on their farm with U.S. Rep. Ron Kind about the importance of free trade, impact of harmful tariffs and need for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Dairy processors also are speaking out. Valley Queen Cheese Factory, a member in Milbank, S.D., recently hosted Sen. John Thune.

To wrap up the month of April, Aaron Stauffacher, associate director of government affairs, spoke at a field hearing held by Rep. Bryan Steil to reiterate the importance of trade and the USMCA to our dairy farmers.

These are shining examples of how to connect with lawmakers within their respective districts. You don’t always need to fly to Washington to make an impact. You often have a better opportunity to engage your representatives on your farm or in your local community.

Let’s keep turning up the heat in the days ahead!

Tim

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