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Letter from Leadership

Tuesday, February 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tim Trotter, executive director
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It was nice seeing so many of our members at the recent Dairy Strong conference and our Edge annual meeting. The feedback we have received has been very positive and appreciative of Edge’s support of the event.

Even with the economic pressures facing dairy farmers today, the attendees were upbeat and positive. As one farmer said, “It’s just another set of challenges I will face and deal with as I have several times in the past. I will find ways to lower costs and manage toward greater efficiencies.”

I realize that sounds easy, but it’s not, of course. However, the attitude of how to approach a challenge is spot on. That same attitude is how Edge is advancing our federal policy initiatives. We must admit to the realities of the world marketplace and be persistent in the pursuit of strong and stable markets.

At Edge’s annual meeting, our federal policy team shared details about the dynamics within Washington, D.C. The common theme was the need for farmer engagement on the issues. In March, a delegation of Edge members will take to the halls of Congress to advance our agenda and to make sure your voice is heard.

Farmers are the most believable, authentic and trusted source in D.C. In a sea of lobbyists, it’s refreshing to see famers collaborating with lawmakers and providing practical solutions for complex problems. Stay tuned for updates and know that your voice will be heard.

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