Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s NFU Legislative Fly-In will be held in a virtual format Monday, September 14, through Friday, September 18, 2020. Along with NFU, it is our goal make this event easier than ever to join in the advocacy, and with your help, we can make this a successful and memorable NFU Fall Legislative Fly-In.
As we have in the past, RMFU will arrange for our members to meet with Colorado, New Mexico, & Wyoming Members of Congress, and their staff throughout that week. There are also plans for virtual social gatherings for Farmers Union members throughout the week.
Team Captains will moderate the meetings and RMFU staff will be available for support and to assist with technology needs and challenges. During the meetings, we want Farmers Union members to be engaged in telling their stories and advocating for their communities, but NFU’s Fly-In Talking Points are Priority One. Talking points will be distributed when they are made available by NFU, but they will likely cover COVID-19 relief, anti-trust/concentration in the meat packing industry, the need for a stronger farm safety net, climate change, and renewable fuels.
Virtual Townhall Briefings
NFU plans to hold townhall-style briefings with USDA and other officials, Congressional staff/leadership, likely Monday-Wednesday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM MT. There will be no need for advance registration for these townhall events currently; however, this is subject to change depending upon speaker requests.
Virtual Congressional Meetings
Meetings with Members of Congress will be scheduled throughout the week and will take place on virtual platforms that will also have a phone-in option. Given the two-hour time difference, some of these meetings may be early in the morning, while others could be mid-day or after noon, depending on Member/staff schedules. Because of the virtual format, we understand this could be challenging for many members to join in all the calls they are assigned during the week. However, we ask that participants commit to as close to full participation as possible. We understand that life happens, and we do not know what will take place tomorrow, let alone a month from now, but we ask that you please try to commit some of your time to these important meetings. Communication with RMFU staff will be key to this working. If you feel you cannot commit, then we kindly ask you to leave this opportunity to someone who can.
Preparations & Expectations of Participants
Though this is a new format for Fly-In, we want to ensure our scheduled meetings are productive and meaningful for everyone. On Thursday, September 10, a training session will be hosted on the virtual platforms to be used for these meetings and all registered participants will be required to attend. Once participants are registered, we ask that they be available for the scheduled training and meetings. Your time commitment will be roughly 7-8 hours over the course of the week, which includes Congressional meetings and townhall briefings.
Call to Action for RMFU Members
RMFU needs to determine how many of our members will be participating in this year’s Fly-In by Wednesday, August 12. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-283-3528 if you feel you can fully commit to this event.
RMFU will keep you informed as further details become available, but please let me know if you have any questions. Visit www.rmfu.org for more information