Agriculture lobbyists work to make sure government officials hear the voice and position of companies, organizations, industries and even communities. It is their goal to influence policy development and look out for the interests of the individuals they represent. Furthermore, they develop and suggest strategies to enact new laws and change existing laws to affect agriculture in positive ways.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?
- Research legislation or regulatory proposals
- Develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of current issues affecting agriculture and government policies
- Report on policy introduced to those whom you represent
- Attend various legislative hearings
- Work to develop and coordinate community-level efforts
- Build relationships with elected officials and their staff
- Educate and inform officials on issues in agriculture and how certain pieces of legislation or regulations could affect the industry
- Work to develop a policy strategy for your organization or company
- Assist with drafting new legislation
- Address concerns and challenges to meeting compliance for international and federal regulations
- Seek congressional funding for projects and special interests
- Help your organization or company navigate the political process
Recommended High School Courses:
- agricultural education
- social sciences
- public speaking
An agriculture lobbyist typically has at least a bachelor’s degree in political science, law, agricultural economics, journalism, public relations or agricultural communications. Some lobbyists attend law school, though a Juris Doctor is not required.