USRPA Makes Annual Washington Visit

February 23, 2024
USRPA board members with FAS Administrator Daniel Whitley
This week, USRPA board members and representatives from Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, and California flew to Washington, D.C., to discuss issues impacting rice farmers. USRPA met with officials at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, and the Office of the US Trade Representative, as well as House and Senate offices for Louisiana, Missouri, California, Texas, and Arkansas. USRPA discussed a variety of issues with these offices, including its farm bill priorities, trade policy, and conservation policy.
FECARROZ joined USRPA in D.C., holding their board meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both boards met for a celebratory dinner to close out the week.
Louisiana board members Dustin Watkins and Mark Pousson and Cornerstone Government Affairs' Fred Clark with Louisiana Congresswoman Julia Letlow.Chairman Neal Stoesser and his wife, Meredith, Gayla Rose (2023 USRPA scholarship recipient), and Texas Rice Council President Tommy Turner met with Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Missouri board members Alex Clark, Justin Wheeler, Mitchell Thomas, and USRPA COO Mollie Buckler met with Missouri Senator Eric Schmitt.Meeting with California Congressman Doug LaMalfa, who is a rice farmer and was part of the creation of USRPA.
FAS Marketing Specialist Curtis McCoy joined FECARROZ to educate the group on how FAS supports USRPA's international promotion efforts.A toast from USRPA Chairman Neal Stoesser, thanking FECARROZ for their partnership with USRPA over the last two decades.
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