KANSAS CITY, Mo. (September 12, 2013) – Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) members and staff traveled to Washington D.C. this week for the 8th annual LMA D.C. Fly In. Approximately 30 people met with legislators and legislative staff on current issues and concerns in the livestock marketing industry.
Over the course of two days, LMA members and staff met with members of the House Committee on Agriculture and Senate Farm Bill conferees, as well as other legislators and legislative staff. Attendees also visited with Neil Hammerschmidt, USDA Animal Disease Traceability program manager; Susan Keith, USDA GIPSA Deputy Administrator; Brett Offutt, USDA Director of Policy and Litigation; and Congressman Frank Lucas, Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture.
In addition to meetings with legislators and legislative staff, the LMA hosted a legislative briefing to educate attendees on the livestock marketing industry. The briefing featured Dustin Focht, World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, selling pies to legislative staff to simulate the process of order buyers purchasing livestock in an auction market.
“I’m thrilled with the LMA members and staff who took time out of their busy schedules to engage with decision makers at the D.C. Fly In. They made an important commitment not only for their own businesses but our industry as a whole. Developing personal relationships with legislative offices, building a base understanding of the livestock marketing industry, and discussing current issues are all key to making sure livestock market interests are well represented in federal policy,” said Chelsea Good, LMA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs.
The following LMA members attended this year’s D.C. Fly In: Jim Akers, Kentucky; Bonnie Balcao, California; Cary and Dee Broderson, Missouri; Dustin Focht, Oklahoma; Brian Glick, Pennsylvania; Dan Harris, Kansas; Rebecca Hazaleus, Oklahoma; Mark Houston, Tennessee; McCall Linke, Wyoming; Skye McNiel, Oklahoma; Jim Santomaso, Colorado; Frank Seidel, Kansas; Bobby and Sharie Smith, Oklahoma; Tim Starks, Oklahoma; Cindy Tews, California; Sam Roberts, Ohio; and Sam Varner, Oklahoma. LMA staff who attended the D.C. Fly In include Roy Barta, REO; Terry Chapman, REO; Jim Carter, REO; Jesse Carver, REO; Chelsea Good, VP of Government and Industry Affairs; Lindsay Graber, Director of Marketing and Communications; John Kissee, REO; Mark Mackey, CEO; Corey Schultz, REO; Brooke South, Coordinator of Services and Special Projects; and Ernie VanHooser, Legal Counsel.
Local livestock markets across the country work hard to bring in multiple buyers to bid competitively on sale day, providing true price discovery of the value of all types of livestock, maximizing the return to the seller. In turn, they provide buyers a centralized location with a ready supply of livestock in the offering.
About the Livestock Marketing Association:
Livestock Marketing Association, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is North America’s largest membership organization dedicated to supporting, representing and communicating with and for the entire livestock marketing sector. LMA has approximately 800 member businesses across the U.S. and Canada.