Boots and Cherry Blossoms

West lawn in front of the Capitol

West lawn in front of the Capitol

This past week four of the beef ambassadors had the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association┬áSpring Legislative conference.

IMG_0063It was beautiful in D.C. with all of the cherry blossoms coming out, and the grass growing lush and green. But we were not in D.C. to look at cherry blossoms. The three days we spent in our nations capitol were packed with opportunities to learn about beef production across the United States. Farmers everywhere are facing issues, but those issues are are very diverse in different areas of the country. One of the most rewarding aspects of coming to this even was spending time with the cattlemen from my state. It reminded me of how genuine the cattle industry really is. While some who attended this conference were specialists in ag policy, many of the individuals where just beef producers who care about american agriculture. Beyond just caring about it, they are passionate about how they can improve agriculture and better the communication between consumers and producers.

I think that is a common misconception that people can have is┬áthat farmers don’t care about those who are eating

The team enjoying the Legislative Outback reception

The team enjoying the Legislative Outback reception

their product at the end of the day. I know from personal experience, and from interacting with cattleman from all across the US that they do care. They care enough to walk you through their farm and show you where your food comes from. They care enough to spend a week of their very precious time in Washington D.C. talking about current issues. And they care enough to wake up each and every day, go out into the field and work to make sure that you and I have a safe, and abundant food supply.

As Beef Ambassadors we are here to tell their story. We enjoyed our time in D.C. and we can’t wait for more opportunities to share our passion for this great industry.

Rachael

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