Farmers and ranchers head to nationís capital

MANHATTAN ¬Ė More than 100 Farm Bureau leaders will head to the nation's capital for Kansas Farm Bureau's annual County Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C., March 10-12.
The farmers and ranchers will ask lawmakers to pass immigration reform that will ensure a reliable, steady labor supply. They'll oppose efforts to expand federal power over farm ditches and waterways, support ag technology and push for tax reform that keeps dollars working for rural economies.

"Officials in Washington tend to pay a little closer attention when they're visiting directly with someone who has gone to the trouble to leave the farm with the express purpose of sharing their story," said Ottawa County grain farmer Steve Baccus, who serves as president of Kansas Farm Bureau.

The presidents will meet with German Embassy officials, their Representatives and Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran.

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