August 28, 2017
FLORENCE, SC – ArborOne Farm Credit directors and executives joined hundreds of Farm Credit supporters in Washington, D.C., the week of July 23 to raise awareness of agricultural and rural issues among lawmakers.
ArborOne's directors and executives were among more than 600 advocates who had the opportunity to meet with representatives and senators from South Carolina and from throughout the United States as part of Farm Credit Week in Washington.
Representing ArborOne's customers, these leaders spoke with elected officials about passing a strong Farm Bill and raised awareness of Farm Credit and its mission. They discussed issues such as patronage provided by Farm Credit to its member-borrowers, protecting crop insurance and extreme weather events that impacted customers in South Carolina in 2015 and 2016.
"Many lawmakers are far removed from the daily realities of agricultural production and rural living," said ArborOne CEO Kathy Heustess. "Educating them about these issues is vital to our continued success in fulfilling our mission of providing support to agriculture and our rural communities."
Farm Credit Week's signature event drove home the organization's purpose. The Farmers Market Reception drew 1,400 guests, including many members of Congress. Attendees sampled and took home almost 15,000 products produced by Farm Credit customers – from North Carolina grits to Alaskan salmon. They learned each producer's unique story and Farm Credit's role in their success.
"Farm Credit has a far-reaching impact on our nation's producers, agribusinesses and others who ultimately feed, clothe and fuel our nation," Heustess said. "We are grateful to have had this unique opportunity to make our customers' voices heard on Capitol Hill."
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