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Volume 7, Issue 2  -  May, 2001

National Delegates Meet in Washington, D.C.
By V.B. Morris

National Delegates met in Washington, D.C. during the week of March 10. The main effort of the week was to deliver to every member of Congress a copy of the Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1933. E. D. Petrowsky, one of the plaintiffs of the Four Farmers Suit, provided the information that was copied and put in folders along with a letter from AAM President, Buddy Vance calling for Congress to compel the President to follow the laws now on the books, and to tell them that more band-aid legislation was not needed.

Every member of Congress now has a copy of the laws pertaining to the Parity Legislation which is still part of current law. Laws that are being ignored on the most part. To read more about the suit go to buffalo-creek-press.com. Click on the button that says, “click here for lawsuit:
While the officers and executive board members were in D.C., they were able to meet with Secretary of Agriculture, Ann Veneman and her Chief of Staff, Dale Moore. The meeting with the Secretary was very short, 15 to 20 minutes at most. She mainly listened to discussion with Dale Moore. Mr. Moore was able to stay and discuss issues with us for almost 45 minutes. This initial meeting needs more follow-up meetings, phone calls, and letters. They need to hear from the country. To call the U.S.D.A., dial 202-720-3631. Dale Moore grew up in Copeland, KS and knows Howard Stude very well. After the meeting with the Secretary and her Chief of Staff, we were told by sources in the U.S.D.A. press core that AAM was the first general farm organization to meet with Sectary Veneman.

The delegates also attended the Alliance for Rural America conference. Most of the meeting was regarding deregulation of electric power. Rural America will be hit the hardest if states are allowed to deregulate electric energy. We also visited key members of Congress concerning energy issues. We were able to show these members that if commodity prices received at the market place were indexed to PARITY as the law states, the price of energy would not affect the economic well-being of rural America as it is now doing. One more reason to have PARITY for all commodities produced on U.S. farm and ranches.

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