Rural Missouri - June 2011 - (Page 4)
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“Devoted to the rural way of life”
June 2011 Volume 63 / Number 6 Jim McCarty, editor firstname.lastname@example.org Jason Jenkins, managing editor email@example.com Heather Berry, associate editor firstname.lastname@example.org Kyle Spradley, field editor email@example.com Megan Schibi, editorial assistant firstname.lastname@example.org Mary Davis, production manager email@example.com Angie Jones-Gerber Dusty Weter Co-op page designers
Visit from the grassroots
ne day, they were working in the fields wearing the comfortable garb of the farmer. The next found them in suits and ties, walking the halls of Congress during the annual Legislative Conference sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The annual event brings a true grassroots delegation of rural electric directors and employees to our nation’s capital to present the needs of rural people to legislators. The key issue for this year’s rally was educating legislators about the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Electric Loan Fund, chief source of capital for many photos by Heather Berry electric cooperatives. Sen. Roy Blunt addresses the Missouri delegation during the conference. Both of Missouri’s senators With 80 new lawmakfound time in their busy schedules to meet with the group of rural leaders. ers — many elected on a platform of reducing the federal deficit — it is vital that elected officials understand RUS is a lending program, not a spending program. In fact, repayment of electric cooperative loans is expected to pump $100 million in new revenue into the treasury in Fiscal Year 2012. Those who attended the conference were greeted with open arms by legislators and their staffs. That included urban legislators, who understand the unique needs of rural people in the state. Those legislative visits have already begun paying off, NRECA officials say. Shortly after the group left Washington, D.C., a letter in support of increased RUS funding was circulating through the Capitol. All of Missouri’s lawmakers are expected to sign it. In addition, U.S. Reps. Jo Ann Emerson and Vicky Hartzler cosponsored a letter calling for equal treatment of electric cooperatives for incentives on renewable energy projects. More than 2,600 electric cooperative representatives — including 62 from Missouri — took part in the event. Above: Daryl Veatch, left, manager of Osage Valley Electric; and Barry Hart, right, CEO of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, pose with U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler after presenting her with a framed copy of her recent guest column in Rural Missouri. Left: U.S. Rep. Todd Akin takes time to pose for a photo outside the Cannon House Office Building with the Missouri group.
Rural delegation gets warm reception in Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - June 2011
Rural Missouri - June 2011
In the beginning
The Missouri Lyon hunt
Beaver Creek Paylake & Fish Fry
Out of the Way Eats
Hearth and Home
In the middle of everywhere
Rural Missouri - June 2011