Through The Noise
January 23, 2017
How to Get Congress to Listen to Your Nonprofit with RJ Karney of the American Farm Bureau Federation
Through the Noise #238
RJ Karney // Director Congressional Relations // American Farm Bureau Federation
Join us for our conversation with RJ Karney who represents the 5.9 million member American Farm Bureau Federation. They are the “voice of agriculture” and are a true grassroots organization starting at the county level with 2500 county bureaus that compromise the 50 state farm bureaus. A major focus of the American Farm Bureau Federation is to let people know that their food doesn’t just “come from the grocery store” and that 2 million Americans start their day long before sunrise to plant, grow, and harvest the food that sustains us all. The AFBF has an impressive grassroots lobbying strategy and throughout the year sends 4-5000 members from different state bureaus to meet directly with their representatives about the issues that concern them — an approach that is very well received by members of Congress who would rather meet with their constituents then professional lobbyists.