ABAK Talks Ag Issues in Washington, D.C.
ABAK Member Adam Hinton, VP of Hinton Mills in flemingsburg, ky and ABAK Staff Kyle kelly attend legislative fly-in day
The AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky recently participated in a national legislative fly-in day to promote issues affecting agriculture retailers across America. Hinton Mills Vice President, Adam Hinton of Flemingsburg, and ABAK staff member, Kyle Kelly, represented Kentucky. Altogether there were five national groups and six state associations represented on Capitol Hill.
Issues discussed included expediting the pesticide registration process, rolling back overly-burdensome regulations, CDL driver relief, 2018 farm bill priority issues, comprehensive tax reform and healthcare reform. The fly in took place July 17-19, which were the days that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the U.S. Senate’s version of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, was officially declared dead-on-arrival.
The Better Care Reconciliation Act had several key provisions that would have relieved the pressure of increasing healthcare cost for employers. One major provision was zeroing out the penalties for the employer mandated healthcare plans. Other provisions would have led to increased competition in the marketplace for insurers, which in return could lead to lower price premiums.
Adam Hinton expressed concerns to Leader McConnell about the need for healthcare reform, especially the need to remove language regarding individual and employer mandates. ABAK members were also able to meet with Senator Rand Paul’s staff, Congressman James Comer (R, KY-1), Congressman Brett Guthrie (R, KY-2), Congressman Thomas Massie (R, KY-4) and Congressman Andy Barr (R, KY-6).
Following a day of Capitol Hill visits came perhaps the most interesting meeting of the D.C. trip, with upper-level staff in EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s office. Administrator Pruitt has Kentucky roots and brought on two Kentucky natives to his EPA staff to handle national, state and local government and regulatory affairs issues.
ABAK is in a great position to contribute input regarding regulatory issues within the EPA office over the next four years and plans to use these connections to best serve the association. The Trump administration has prioritized revamping the EPA administration to roll back unneeded regulations and though these changes are not making national headlines, they are occurring every day within the office.
Stay tuned next summer if you would like to attend the national agribusiness legislative fly-in days.
Sponsorship Deadline Extended to Monday, August 21!
This year’s outing will be at Lake Barkley State Resort in Cadiz, Kentucky, which host a variety of networking events throughout the two-day outing, August 28-29. A board of directors meeting will begin on Monday, August 28 at 12:00 pm CST at the resort in the Sunrise Room.
Following the board of directors meeting, there will be an ABAK Scholarship Trap Shooting Event beginning at 3:30 pm CST. The trap shoot will be held at the resort, 3500 State Park Rd., Cadiz, KY 42211, and will feature a competition with two-man teams, where the total number of clays busted per team will be added together. This competition will feature three rounds, for a total of 75 clays per person.
Following the trap shoot, the association will host a networking reception, where Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has been invited to attend as the guest speaker. Tuesday morning, August 29, will feature the annual ABAK Scholarship Golf Scramble. The scramble will also be held at the resort beginning at 9:00 am CST with an awards luncheon to follow the golf event.
This event raises funds to benefit the ABAK Buena S. Bond Memorial Agriculture Scholarship Fund.
If you still need a room contact Kyle Kelly at the ABAK office at 502-226-1122.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Waters Agricultural Laboratories, Inc.
Westway Feed Products
Bayer Crop Science