Spring Fly-In

NACD’s 2022 Fly-In will be virtual and held on March 22

2022 Virtual Fly-In

Although traveling to Washington, D.C. will not be possible this spring due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19 and limitations placed on people visiting Capitol Hill, it is still incredibly important that your members of Congress know what the needs of locally-led conservation are so that conservation districts can receive adequate support to continue protecting our nation’s natural resources.

2022 Issue Papers

Virtual Advocacy Training

NACD’s Government Affairs team held an advocacy training via Zoom at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on March 8 and March 10 for members and partners participating in the Virtual Fly-In. In addition to a review of the issue papers, the advocacy training will review what to expect when meeting with legislators, what to prepare, and the basics of connecting with policymakers. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask any questions about the upcoming meetings or NACD’s available resources.

2021 Fly-In Resources

Click here for some tips, tricks and things to think about as you’re scheduling your meetings.

How do I schedule meetings with my members of Congress?

Meetings can be scheduled by contacting each office individually. If you are unsure who your Representative or Senators are, you can find them here: House – Senate – When you call the main office number for their Washington, D.C., office, the staffer who answers can provide you with the information that office needs to request an appointment. If you know an individual staffer within an office, you can contact them as well.

You should place a priority on meeting with the members of Congress from your state who serve on the Agriculture, Natural Resources or Appropriations Committees or who are your personal Representative. If you have additional time, you may want to meet with other Members of your state’s delegation.

I heard Congressman David Scott is the new House Agriculture Committee Chair. I should meet with him, right?

Probably not. While Congressman Scott does play an important role in Congress, you should meet with him (or any other member) only if you are from his state. Members of Congress are interested in meeting with their own constituents. You will have the greatest impact meeting with your own members of Congress. In addition, Congressional offices are very busy. Coordinating meetings at the state level ensures offices aren’t asked by our group to have multiple meetings in the same day.

What are we supposed to talk about?

NACD will provide issue papers to use in your meetings. Issue papers can be found here:

March is a critical time for Congress to develop their annual appropriations, or funding, bills. The fly-in is a great time to explain the importance of conservation funding. As you can see in the issue papers, NACD is concerned with funding for several programs. You may not use all these in your state – that’s okay! Focus on the programs that you do use and be sure to include personal stories about the effect of these programs.

Click here for some tips, tricks and things to think about as you’re scheduling your meetings.

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