Potato D.C. Fly-In
Potato growers and allied industry partners from across the United States flew into our nation’s capitol this week to take part in NPC’s 2020 Potato D.C. Fly-In, an annual advocacy event where around 135 industry members joined together to stand up for potatoes on Capitol Hill.
Kicking off the first full day on Tuesday, attendees were joined by Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, for a breakfast session focused on the administration’s efforts to promote trade and U.S. agricultural exports.
Later that morning, Pam Miller, Administrator of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services, joined Beth Johnson, Principal and CEO of Food Directions, Inc., for a conversation on the importance of the federal nutrition programs and the role of potatoes within them. A panel on legislative efforts to address the ag labor crisis followed with Charlie Garrison, President of the Garrison Group, Diane Kurrle, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Apple Association, and Mary Nowak, Director of Government Affairs of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and Ag Workforce Coalition.
A keynote lunch sponsored by Syngenta featured an address by famed political forecaster Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and columnist for the National Journal, who provided the group an overview of the current political climate.
Attendees then moved to the Senate Hart Building to hear directly from members of Congress, including Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), Rep. Glenn "G.T." Thompson (R-Penn.), Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), and Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.). Wrapping up the day at the annual Standing Up For Potatoes Congressional Reception, attendees were joined by Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), Rep. Kim Schrier (D-Wash.), and Chair of the House Ag Committee Collin Peterson (D-Minn).
During the following two days, attendees met with dozens of Congressional, staff, and administration officials to advocate for the industry’s policy priorities. The complete Fly-In photo album can be found on NPC’s Facebook page here.
February 22,25, 2021