Washington, DC -- American Agri-Women will be hosting its 18th annual symposium on June 13 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 14th & Independence, Room 107A, from 9:00-11:00 am in conjunction with the women's annual Fly-In to Washington, D.C.  The symposium is open to the public and guests are asked to enter through the Jefferson Drive doors.

The symposium topic this year is "Regulate or Legislate — Which is Better for Agriculture?"  Speakers will discuss the recent trend for government to expand on Congressional action and interpret the legislation according to the executive branch's priorities. Individual speakers will deal with EPA regulations on dust control and federal jurisdiction on water permitting regulations.

Farmers, ranchers, and other small business owners have noticed rule changes particularly in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, and Department of Agriculture.  Speakers scheduled to discuss the issues are: Larry Elworth, Chief EPA Agricultural Counselor; Jere White of KS Corn Growers Association Executive Director; Don Parrish, Senior Director, Regulatory Relations of American Farm Bureau; and Reed Rubinstein, Regulatory Affairs Senior Counsel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Check the top news release on the right of the website at www.americanagriwomen.org for up-to-date speaker information.

About AAW:  American Agri-Women is the nation's largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women with 60 state, commodity, and agribusiness affiliates throughout the U.S. It is an all-volunteer organization, advocating for agriculture since 1974, with the motto "A voice for truth."