As I reflect back on my adventure to Washington, D.C. with Ohio Farm Bureau AgriPOWER Class VI I am trying to narrow down the points of priority for me. Three days jammed pack with networking, educating, briefing and debriefing.
We played a legislative budgeting game at the American Farm Bureau’s office, and I would even play it a home with family. We were filled with knowledge, my brain was overflowing and then we were asked, “What’s your take away, how does this issue affect you and your farm.”
We had great informational presentations on hot issues such as EPA regulation, Big Data, farm bill implementation and a USDA overview and update from Dr. Gregory Parham, assistant secretary of agriculture for administration and talk about agricultural global trade with Levin Flake, agricultural economist for trade in the Office of Global Analysis.
We even made a visit to the European Union embassy, where we sat at one very large table with a flag and name plate from each country. Also, I am thankful we while we were there we did take the time to visit our national monuments on the D.C. night tour.
When in D.C., I have always eaten well, this time was no exception! We had wonderful meals at Fogo De Chao and Clyde’s.
I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in AgriPOWER and do recommend it. Most of all I am thankful for the new colleagues who have become friends. I love D.C., the feeling of being in the collective hive of the American Government. The hive always seems to be buzzing and the work is endless.
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