Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) leaders joined members of the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) in Washington, D.C. this week to take action to support a strong farm economy, especially on the verge of a new Congress and administration in 2017.
AEM Chair Leif Magnusson, AG Chair Jim Walker, AG Sector Board member Bill Hurley, AEM President Dennis Slater and representatives from both CNH Industrial and Deere & Company traveled to Washington to participate in the fly-in, which featured meetings with members of Congress and leaders from industry-adjacent groups.
Participants met with members of Iowa and Nebraska’s congressional delegations, as well as with Rep. Collin Peterson, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee.
Attendees also had a chance to meet with and hear from Zippy Duvall, the new president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Duvall talked about the importance of passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership – “We know how important that trade agreement is to agriculture,” he said – as well as beginning work on the next farm bill.
Fly-in participants also heard updates about the election and legislative issues in Washington, as well as state issues like “Right to Repair,” a main area of partnership between AEM and EDA.