In September, 40 Young Agricultural Professionals and 20 members of AgriPOWER Class VI traveled to Washington, D.C. together to learn more about agricultural policy and lobbying.
The trip agenda included discussions with American Farm Bureau staff about their work and current agricultural policy issues at the federal level, meetings with congressional members or their staff, learning about the farm bill from Senate Agriculture Committee Chief Economist Joe Schultz, a visit to the European Union to discuss trade and a visit to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Networking also was a large component of the trip.
Several trip participants blogged about their experience. Here are a few excerpts and links to the full blogs:
“A major take-home for me was how imperative it is that we make our voices heard regarding the Waters of the United States. We cannot sit idly by and expect changes to occur in our favor.” ~ Ashley Culp, Madison County Farm Bureau member and member of AgriPOWER Class VI.
“As an agricultural professional and beginning farmer, this trip was very eye opening, informative and fun as I was not only able to continue to network with my fellow AgriPOWER classmates but also with members of the Young Ag Professionals group knowing that we are all working toward the same goal which is the betterment of our agricultural industry for years to come.” ~ Adam Campbell, Warren County Farm Bureau member and member of AgriPOWER Class VI.
“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.” ~ Rachael Vonderhaar, Preble County Farm Bureau member, AgriPOWER Class VI.
“I enjoyed being able to share agriculture successes and issues being faced in northwest Ohio, learning more about policy making and had the opportunity to meet so many others like me who have a passion for agriculture.” ~ Kelly Fager, Fulton County Farm Bureau member and Young Ag Professional participant.
“OFBF staffers Melinda Witten, field training specialist, and Yvonne Lesicko, senior director, legislative and regulatory policy, put together a three-day educational package that was superior to any I’ve experienced before. What a wonderful opportunity for folks from all across the Buckeye State, from various backgrounds and experiences, to come together for such an experience.” ~ Chip Nelson, OFBF director of leadership development.
Read more from the trip.