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Captiol Hill Hitting the Hill NSP D.C. Fly-In takes sorghum’s priorities to legislators I


n a two and a half day span in early October, NSP representatives at- tended 23 total meetings on Capitol Hill with legislators from eight diff erent states. The combined eight states—Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado,


Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan—account for more than 4.8 million acres of sorghum planted for grain in 2011, which is 91 percent of the total sorghum planted for grain in the entire United States.


The 23 Hill visits were distributed as follows: • 11 visits in the Senate • 6 meetings with Senators • 5 meetings with Senate staff ers • 12 visits in the House • 9 meetings with Representatives • 3 meetings with House staff ers


Overall, NSP representatives logged over 120 man-hours in the House and Senate combined. The NSP delegation also met with agriculture committ ee leaders from both the House and Senate and USDA leadership, including NRCS Chief Dave White and USDA Senior Advisor to the Secretary Bran- don Willis. NSP fl y-in delegates discussed with legislators the importance of crop insurance, a strong safety net, and energy policy to sorghum growers. See p. 15 for more details on NSP’s policy priorities.


Senate Meetings Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)


Senate Agriculture Committ ee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS)


Senate Agriculture Committ ee Ranking Member Ben Nelson (D-NE)


Michael Bennett (D-CO) Mike Johanns (R-NE)


Senate Agriculture Committ ee Jerry Moran (R-KS)


Appropriations Committ ee James Inhofe (R-OK)


Environment and Public Works Committ ee Mark Udall (D-CO)


Energy and Natural Resources Committ ee John Cornyn (R-TX)


Budget and Finance Committ ee Tom Coburn (R-OK)


Joint Committ ee on Defi cit Reduction


House Meetings Frank Lucas (R-OK)


House Ag Committ ee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN)


House Ag Committ ee Ranking Member


Mike Conaway (R-TX) Henry Cuellar (D-TX)


Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) Scott Tipton (R-CO)


Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) House Agriculture Committ ee


Adrian Smith (R-NE)


Committ ee on Ways and Means Cory Gardner (R-CO)


Energy and Commerce Committ ee


Blake Farenthold (R-TX) Transportion Committ ee Bill Flores (R-TX)


Natural Resources, Budget Committ ees


House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) meets with NSP DC Fly-In participants in October. Photo by Lindsay Kennedy


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USDA Meetings Dave White NRCS Chief


Brandon Willis


USDA Senior Advisor to the Secretary SORGHUM Grower Fall 2011


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