Last week, Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) staff, board members and dealer members arrived in Washington, D.C. for a Legislative Fly-In. The Fly-In, organized in conjunction with the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), brought more than 80 construction and agricultural equipment dealers to D.C. for three days of educational panels, policy briefings and meetings with legislators.
EDA was proud to have several regional equipment dealer associations participate in this event. The Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association, the Far West Equipment Dealers Association and the Minnesota-South Dakota Equipment Dealers Association were represented by association staff and dealers from their region. Also in attendance were staff members from the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association and Western Equipment Dealers Association. Two EDA board members, Mike Linton and Ivan Dorhout, as well as Government Relations Committee Member, Sarah Partridge, were also in attendance. These dealers met with their legislators to discuss important issues such as tax reform, regulatory reform, the upcoming Farm Bill and infrastructure investment. A copy of EDA’s drop sheet can be seen here.
Additionally, Fly-In attendees heard from many senators and representatives throughout the event. Panel topics included Advocacy 101; Equipment Markets and Federal Policy; Equipment Manufacturing Issues and Policy; Tax Policy; and Regulatory Policy. In addition to congressional speakers, these panels featured industry experts from the American Farm Bureau, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Associated Builders and Contractors, International Franchise Association and Association of Equipment Manufacturers. A group of EDA dealers also visited the White House for an exclusive executive briefing with the Trump Administration. EDA was especially honored to hear from Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, during the Fly-In, as well.
During the Fly-In, EDA presented a Legislative Leadership Awards to Rep. Kristi Noem (SD). You can read more about Rep. Noem’s efforts on behalf of the agricultural industry here.