Who better to give us the "inside scoop" on federal policy and regulation in our industry than the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee? United States Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) will be a featured speaker at the Washington Insiders Breakfast during the 2010 Washington Conference on June 17.

Currently serving his 9th term in Congress, this fifth-generation member of an Oklahoma farm family understands the concerns of agricultural businesses. As a conferee on the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills, he also understands the politics and priorities of the legislative process. The Agriculture Committee provides oversight of the USDA, its agencies and programs, giving Lucas access to the most current information about upcoming policy changes and legislation affecting our industry.

Don’t miss your chance to hear Congressman Lucas’ insights on policies and legislation that could affect your business for better or worse. Join us on June 17th at IDFA’s Washington Conference.

Be Here. Be Heard.
The annual IDFA Washington Conference is your opportunity to make your voice heard in Washington. Contrary to popular opinion, legislators and policy makers do listen to their constituents, but you have to speak up if you want them to know what you think is important. The Washington Conference is designed to give you direct access to the people in Washington who create the laws and regulations that affect your business.

Conference highlights include a dairy policy briefing, networking opportunities with members of Congress and the annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party. New this year will be a Cheese & Pizza Tasting Reception for members of Congress and their staff to showcase cheese products as part of a healthy, balanced diet and a reformulated, healthier version of one of America's favorite foods: pizza.
Go to https://www.idfa.org/events--trade-show/2010-washington-conference/ to download a registration form.

Then email the form to registrar@idfa.org, fax it to 202/331-7820 or mail check to IDFA, 1250 H St. N.W., Ste. 900, Washington, D.C. 20005

Reserve a Room
This year's conference will be held at The Madison with easy access to Capitol Hill and many of Washington’s most interesting landmarks. Make reservations today by calling 202/862-1600. When calling, refer to IDFA's Washington Conference to receive the special room rate of $259. The hotel cut-off date is May 28 and rooms are going quickly!

For more information, contact Kellie Bland, IDFA meetings registrar, at registrar@idfa.org