Agri-PulseOn Friday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. ET, Kip Eideberg, AEM’s senior vice president of government and industry relations, will join U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) for a conversation on the top legislative issues that will impact rural America in the 117th Congress. The discussion, Top rural issues in the New Congress: A discussion with Rep. Dusty Johnson, Rep. Abigail Spanberger and AEM’s Kip Eideberg, will be hosted by Agri-Pulse.

The conversation comes at a pivotal time for our rural communities. Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these communities are struggling with economic impact the virus has caused on small businesses, farmers, and students. Throughout the pandemic, equipment manufacturers have remained essential, keeping critical people and goods moving to those areas hardest hit.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how critical manufacturers and farmers are to our economy and our way of life,” said Eideberg. “As we continue to navigate the unprecedented challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are looking to their elected officials to support pro-manufacturing policies and work in a bipartisan fashion to make sure that manufacturers and rural communities continue to thrive.”

Both Representatives serve on the House Committee on Agriculture, where Rep. Spanberger is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry.

“COVID-19 exposed cracks in our systems,” said Rep. Johnson. “From supply chain issues to foreign investments, Congress needs to support policies that strengthen American agriculture producers and manufacturers. It’s no secret strong rural economies are the lifeblood of many states – that’s why it’s so important rural issues continue to be at the forefront of our discussions in Washington.”

“Our rural communities and farm families have experienced tremendous challenges and uncertainty amid the COVID-19 crisis,” said Rep. Spanberger. “As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I’m looking forward to a timely conversation focused on how we respond to the current issues facing rural America. During the event, I hope to discuss how those of us in Congress can build a stronger pathway toward greater opportunity, expanded rural infrastructure, climate-smart conservation policies, and initiatives that bring the voices of crop and livestock producers to the decision-making table.”

Register here for the Feb. 12 webinar.

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