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.