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2020 Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit

WHERE LEGISLATORS FIND THE ANSWERS ON AG AND RURAL POLICY

                                   REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020 LEGISLATIVE AG CHAIRS SUMMIT IN BOISE, IDAHO IS NOW OPEN!! 
                                                  

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!  The 2020 Legislative Ag Chairs Summit will be held in Boise, Idaho! While the Summit is not until May 2020, it's time to start planning your visit! 

You’ll be making your own hotel reservations directly with the hotel and you’ll need to provide a credit card to guarantee the reservation.  If you are an elected official or invited speaker, SARL will move your hotel registration to the master bill once your registration is received.  If you are not an elected official, you will be responsible for your hotel room.  Worried about changing your mind about attending? Don’t be. Our room block is limited, so we will keep a waiting list of attendees to fill rooms for people who decide not to attend. Room reservations are on a first come, first serve basis.

All attendees, if you need to cancel, please contact Sarah Blood as soon as possible, the room will be moved to a special hold status, so that it can be provided to those on the wait list. 

This is an invitation-only Summit, and all of your on-site expenses (three nights room, - generally Friday, Saturday and Sunday- registration, meals and all Summit activities) are covered by State Agriculture and Rural Leaders, a federal 501 c(3) non-profit.  If you want additional room nights, you will need to cover them at a cost of $115 per night.

We want to hear from you! The majority of policy sessions will be led by you, the true experts on state policy.  Think of the really good agriculture, natural resource or rural legislation/policy/ programs that your state considered, passed or accomplished administratively.  We want you to tell us about them. Think about all those great policies that you worked so hard on in 2019.  It's time to spread the good word!

You will need to self-nominate the policy topic you want to speak on or have included in the agenda.  The Board will then sort through the nominations and set up the agenda. Travel funds will be reserved for those legislators who are active in some aspect of the Summit. You will have to lead a session or serve as a session moderator to receive travel assistance. 

And the Board agreed that 2020 will be different for our private industry members as well.  From founding, we have not allowed sponsors on the agenda, to avoid any appearance of pay for play. But in 2020, sponsors will be allowed to submit state or company programs they think are exceptional and want to feature.  So there might be legislation related to right to repair that an equipment association might want to highlight. There might be support animal legislation that an animal organization thinks needs brought forward.  Once again, our private industry members will need to submit the session topic and their suggested speaker (could be themselves) and the Board will decide on what and how to use it.

Our site visit day will be Friday, May 29, spent entirely touring the beautiful countryside of Idaho.  Then Saturday (May 30) will be a full day of discussion of state issues and Sunday will be a half day of discussion of Federal issues. 

We do hope that you will be able to join us in Idaho!  Initial elected official registration is limited to attendees at the 2018 and 2019 Summit,  if you have someone in mind that didn’t attend one of these Summits, that should be included (like someone newly elected) please contact Sarah Blood about available spaces. 

 

Yours in rural,

 

 

Senator Brent Jackson
SARL PRESIDENT 

 

 

Representative Norine Hammond
SARL Vice President