Nebraska Farm Bureau knows that there is strength in numbers. The more members engaged with their local senators, the more voices we have committed to solutions. Nebraska Farm Bureau needs county Farm Bureaus to sign up to come to Lincoln to participate in a County Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. Learn about and participate in the legislative process and help advocate for Nebraska Farm Bureau policies that have an impact on your farm or ranch.
Below is a sample schedule for your trip to Lincoln. County Farm Bureaus will be responsible for any needed lodging and transportation to and from Lincoln, and the cost of additional meals during the day. Nebraska Farm Bureau will schedule a meeting with your state senator and cover the cost of lunch for up to five members of the county Farm Bureau, as well as NEFB staff and your county’s state senator(s).
Here's a sample schedule:
|9:00 a.m.||Arrive at the Nebraska Farm Bureau state office building (5225 S. 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68512) for a tour of the office and an opportunity to meet with Farm Bureau staff.|
|9:30 a.m.||Carpool to the Capitol and receive a tour of the building, a legislative briefing, and watch the floor debate from the gallery or the Rotunda.|
|11:00 a.m.||Meet with your state senator.|
|12:00 p.m.||Lunch near the Capitol with Nebraska Farm Bureau staff and your invited state senator.|
|1:30 p.m.||Return to the Capitol to attend a legislative hearing.|
|3:30 p.m.||Return to the Farm Bureau state office to return home.|
Day at the Capitol Planning Guide
prepare for the meeting (please dress in business attire). You are representing your County Farm Bureau and Nebraska Farm Bureau, so you should be prepared to make a good impression to your legislator(s). Farm Bureau staff will provide background information on relevant legislative issues.
Follow-up with a thank you note. Upon your return home, be sure that you mail a nice thank you note to your state senator. This is a must. *Also, if you do a press release for Day @ the Capitol that is published in your local newspaper, mail a clipping to your senator as well – especially if the clip mentions your meeting with them.
Stay in touch. Remember your legislators serve your district. Be sure to invite them to your banquets or events showcasing your County Farm Bureau or agriculture in your county. Day at the Capitol is a great way for you and your County Farm Bureau to establish or build upon a positive relationship with your elected official. Let them know they can call on you if they need anything as well. It is a two-way street.