This is a guest post from Champaign County YAP member Mallary Caudill.
The Young Ag Professionals and AgriPOWER class took a trip to the annual conference in Washington, D.C. with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation in September. I had the pleasure to represent Champaign County as a Young Ag Professional. The trip was full of unique experiences and so much knowledge gained. Whether it was listening to presentations on different agricultural issues and policy, to touring the monuments and exploring the city, the trip was filled with incredible opportunity.
The first day we arrived, we were briefed on several issues that are affecting the agriculture industry including trade, immigration, taxes, and the farm bill. Through this, I gained a better understanding of the issues we would be advocating later on in the week with our representatives. We also had the opportunity to network with other YAP and AgriPOWER members. We ended the evening with dinner at a local barbeque in DC, and then a night tour of the monuments. The following day we toured the Capitol building as well as visited the Embassy of Chile, where we learned about their agriculture industry. The last day of our trip began with touring the White House, as well as doing our congressional visits. We then ended the day with a panel of Senate staffers, and they shared about their jobs and how they work with the agriculture industry and our senators.
Overall, this trip was an eye-opening experience, as we learned about the agriculture industry from the perspectives of those who work in the D.C area. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in D.C with OFBF and would like to thank the Champaign County Farm Bureau for the opportunity to go.