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Dairy Facts 2016

April Recess Offers Excellent Opportunity for Congressional Plant Tours

Mar 26, 2014

With members of Congress returning home to their districts for a two-week recess next month, April offers an ideal time for dairy processors across the country to use this legislative downtime to host their representatives and senators at their processing facilities for educational tours and policy discussions.

“Plant tours offer an excellent way to connect on a personal level with lawmakers and allow them to learn about dairy businesses. During the tour, they can see firsthand how your company operates and what you need to be successful,” said Ashley Burch, IDFA assistant director of political programs.

 IDFA's GrassRoots Action Network for Dairy (GRAND) network can help members to:

  • Identify and establish a relationship with members of Congress who represent plants, company headquarters or distribution facilities;
  • Arrange plant tours or meetings with members of Congress to discuss company or industry issues; and
  • Maintain relationships with members of Congress and staff in Washington, D.C., by staying in constant contact with Congress legislators and ensuring that issues important to dairy processors stay in the forefront.

Members interested in arranging a plant tour with a member of Congress or learning how to reach members of Congress may contact Burch at (202) 220-3534 or For more information on the GRAND program, visit

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