A note on Agriculture’s Promise

January 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

As we gear up for Agriculture’s Promise 2011 – April 10th through 12th at the Gaylord National in Washington, DC, we want to share former Agriculture’s Promise experiences with you from those who have attended in previous years.   Hopefully this will give you a better idea about the event, our organization, and the idea behind Agriculture’s Promise.

Excerpt written by Denise Sanner, President of PYFA and taken from their Fall 2010 Newsletter:

Have you ever wanted to gain knowledge about national issues?  Wanted the opportunity to be part of a “nationwide consensus” to let the voices of our next generation of ag leaders be heard by our elected officials and USDA?  Visit Capitol Hill and talk one on one with your congressman(woman)?  If so, you may be very interested in attending [this] year’s Agriculture’s Promise that is hosted by the National Young Farmers Educational Association (NYFEA).

I had the opportunity to attend Ag’s Promise in April.  Keith Leydig, Tim Rhoads, and I headed to Washington, DC to attend the delegates’ meeting on Sunday afternoon.  We spent a great majority of our time going over NYFEA’s constitution and bylaws, which hopefully will be approved in December in Monterey, CA.  I then hung around our nation’s capital to see what Agriculture’s Promise was about and how our state organization could become involved in future years.  I was very impressed with the format of the conference and how this offered young agriculturists the opportunity to make their voices heard and go to the Capitol with one voice.  We started Monday morning by listening to executives from USDA and agricultural liaisons to the Senate and House that influence the future of agriculture policy.  They shared their insights about how policymaking works and how to become a part of that procedure.  The participants then brainstormed to compile a list of their priorities (found here).  Tuesday the participants took their newly defined message to Capitol Hill and shared it with their elected officials to illustrate the importance of the next generation and what their concerns are for the success of their future operations.

I think this program is a valuable tool for the younger members of our organization; those members who are just out of college or just starting out with their own operations.  It will give those members a chance to see how policy works and to add their own concerns and issues to the voice of our next generation.

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