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By Cathy Cash ELECTRIC CO-OP TODAY


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lectric cooperative leaders from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C., April 29-


May 1 for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) 2013 Legislative Conference to learn the latest developments on key issues, including the Rural Utilities Service loan program, coal ash and water heater efficiency.


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Co-ops Rally on Key Issues Leaders gather in Washington for Legislative Conference


to retain rural residents through “bio” economies that utilize local resources and science. He also said rural communities must mitigate and adapt to intense weather patterns resulting from climate change.


“I hope you go home and find a way to revitalize rural America,” Vilsack said. “Our country’s future depends on just that.”


More than 1,500 rural co-op leaders came to the three-day meeting that included five town halls with NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson, who urged members to use all available tools to communicate with lawmakers about their significant work.


“You make a difference in the lives of so many people and there is no better story to tell than that,” Emerson told the delegations at the April 29 town hall.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the senior Republican on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, also addressed the conference.


Vilsack urged co-ops to back comprehensive immigration reform to address farm workforce shortages and spoke of ways


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Blunt noted that federal policy should employ domestic resources, such as coal, and apply “common sense” and “good judgment” when it comes to regulating fuel sources. “More American energy equals more American jobs,” he said.


This year’s Legislative Conference marks the 40th anniversary of NRECA’s Jan. 29, 1973, meeting, where 1,400 co-op leaders gathered at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel to protest the Nixon administration’s termination of the Rural Electrification Administration direct loan program.


Co-op leaders returned to Capitol Hill in May of that year and President Nixon signed legislation restoring the REA program that was championed by Sen. Hubert Humphrey.


“That is the power of this membership,” said Kirk Johnson, NRECA senior vice president of government relations.


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