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How to Host a Successful Congressional Visit at Your Facility

Feb 12 2024

Throughout the year, members of Congress return to their districts, therefore now is the time to start planning to host your elected official(s) for a tour of your facility.

We know that getting members of Congress to see our work firsthand impacts their work on Capitol Hill to ensure the voice of the ag retailer is heard loud and clear.

Congressional Visit Guide

That is why ARA created the Congressional Facility Visit Guide with best practices and media samples to give you a step-by-step resource to hosting a successful visit that will pave the way for a lasting relationship with your elected officials.

The goal of inviting a member of Congress to tour your facility is to educate them and their staff about what your company is doing to support its employees, farmer customers, and the community.

Use this new ARA member resource to set your team up for a successful tour with your elected officials.

Access this resource and others:

You can download a one-pager of quick tips pulled from the Guide to get started. Only ARA members have access to the full Guide.


ARA member instructions for access:

  1. Log in to the ARA Member Resource Library.

  2. Under "Advocacy Resources" click on "Congressional Facility Visit Guide" to view the links to open and save the new guide to your computer.


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Landus Hosts Rep. Feenstra, Sen. Ernst

U.S. Representative Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, visited the Landus facility in Ida Grove, Iowa, for a tour to learn more about this ARA member company. (top row photos below.)

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, visited the Landus facility in Rake, Iowa, as part of her 99 County Tour to discuss issues impacting ag retailers and farmer customers such as labor challenges, rail operations, and more. (lower row photos below.)

Rep. Feenstra at Landus
Rep. Feenstra at Landus
Rep. Feenstra at Landus
Landus hosts Sen. Ernst
Landus hosts Sen. Ernst

Helena Hosts Rep. Higgins

U.S. Representative Clay Higgins, R-La., visited the facility of ARA member Helena Agri-Enterprises in Morse, Louisiana.

Congressman Higgins visits ARA member Helena facility
Higgins at Helena
Higgins with Helena

Asmus Farm Supply Hosts Sen. Grassley

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, visited the facility of ARA member Asmus Farm Supply in Rake, Iowa, on July 7, 2022.

Senator Grassley led a Q&A session with 22 members of the local community and toured the Asmus Farm Supply facility. 


Senator Chuck Grassley visited ARA member Asmus Farm Supply in Iowa to discuss issues related to ag and other areas with the local community.
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley met with ARA member Asmus Farm Supply in Rake, Iowa.


Houff Corporation Hosted Rep. Cline

ARA member company Houff Corporation hosted U.S. Representative Ben Cline, R-Va., in April 2019 for a discussion about that the company does to support its community and to educate Rep. Cline about what the Houff team does daily by giving him a tour of the facility. 

Congressional Visit
Congressional Visit
Congressional Visit