This session was on How to Lobby Effectively with Bonnie Bruce Legislative Director for State Rep. Burt Solomons. It was helpful for me because I might end up doing policy work in the future. I feel more confident and knowledgeable about the legislative process. I don’t find it interesting enough to write about though. The main point that everyone might find useful is that the majority of representatives don’t know anything about agriculture. Only if they come from an agricultural district will they have specific knowledge about those issues. One of the ways democracy functions better is when we can act as a croud source for our representatives. We can’t expect them to know everything. So let them know.
I agree, only if they come from an agricultural district will they have specific knowledge about those issues – those should be the ones that should represent the agri sector 🙂
If it was the ONLY thing that you brought away from the speech – that a vast majority of the members are not educated on agriculture issues, but that it takes a majority of the members to pass a bill – then I consider the speech a success. What I took away from the conference was that organic and sustainable farming and breeding requires a lot of education on your part and I hope that you share that education with the legislature. One of the best parts of my job is that I get to meet new people everyday who are passionate and knowledgable about an issue that they will then come in and teach me about.
Thank you so much for having me and I hope you do become active in the legislative process.