AFA students attend policy training
Agriculture Future of America hosted 40 outstanding college men and women in Washington, D.C., March 17 to 20, for the AFA Policy Institute.
Held in conjunction with Agriculture Council of America's National Ag Day, this Institute experience allows AFA delegates to join Student NAMA, 4-H and FFA students for National Ag Day activities on Capitol Hill, March 19. Students took part in training sessions to help further their understanding of policy and regulations in agriculture as well as promote agriculture awareness by visiting with legislators and advisors from the students' home states.
Additionally, the AFA delegate experience will be enhanced by Institute specific activities March 19 to 20, including visits with current and former secretaries of agriculture and a forum featuring leaders in agriculture policy. Students will also benefit from networking with like-minded students who are passionate about agriculture and the legislative process.
AFA students are able to take part in these activities due to the generosity of AFA Policy Institute and National Ag Day partners. To learn more about the AFA Policy Institute and AFA's partners, visit www.agfuture.org/agday.
The National Ag Day campaign, hosted by the Agriculture Council of America, encourages every American to understand how food and fiber products are produced, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy and appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
AFA Policy Institute Delegates include the following: Mark Avilla, Kansas State University; Michael Baird, Purdue University; Logan Britton, Kansas State University; Jon Calhoun, Oregon State University; Margaret Debrauske, University of Wisconsin- Madison; Ted Elverson, South Dakota State University; Kristen Faucon, Illinois State University; Bailey Field, Colorado State University; Carolyn Gehrke, University of Illinois; Melissa Golden, Oklahoma State University; Mara Gordon, The Ohio State University; Jenica Hagler, Washington State University; Liz Harfst, University of Illinois; Stephanie Herman, South Dakota State University; Jud Hoffschneider, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Mariah Huff, Purdue University; Nathan Johnston, Iowa State University; Madalyn Kermicle, University of Illinois; Johnita Lanni-Cradit, University of California, Davis; Emma Likens, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ty Littau, South Dakota State University; Jacob Luna, Sam Houston State Unviersity; Kate Maertens, University of Minnesota; William Miller, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Jordan Pieschl, Kansas State University; Lauren Prettyman, The Ohio State University; Maggie Jo Pruitt, University of Arkansas; Preston Reuter, University of Missouri; John Sachse, Kansas State University; Celia Salmon, Michigan State University; Chacey Schoeppel, Oklahoma State University; David Shively, University of Missouri-Columbia; Elizabeth Simmons, Auburn University; Kaleigh Summers, University of Missouri-Columbia; Laura Sutter, University of Illinois; Jackson Troxel, Purdue University; Anbo Wang, Purdue University; Shannon Watson, Oklahoma State University; Gracie Weinzierl, Illinois State University; and Abigail Woughter, Cornell University.
AFA's mission is to create partnerships that identify, encourage and support outstanding college men and women who are preparing for careers in the agriculture and food industry. With student participation increasing 70 percent in the last five years, AFA leader development programs have impacted 10,000 college leaders and young professionals from more than 200 colleges and universities throughout 43 states since its inception in 1996. AFA has awarded more than $9 million in academic and leader development scholarships. For more information about AFA, visit www.agfuture.org or contact Megan Karlin at Megan.Karlin@agfuture.org.
The Agriculture Council of America is an organization uniquely composed of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture's vital role in our society. The Agriculture Council of America and the National Ag Day program was started in 1973. For more information about National Ag Day and ACA, visit www.agday.org or contact ACA at 913-491-1895 or firstname.lastname@example.org.