Kathryn Shallenberger on Ag’s Promise

February 1, 2011 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

With Agriculture’s Promise right around the corner, we want to make sure you have plenty of reasons to mark your calendar for the event!  It really is a great opportunity to put a face on agriculture in front of our country’s decision makers, but don’t take our word for it!  Here’s Kathryn Shallenberger’s take on her 2010 Agriculture’s Promise experience:

I absolutely love visiting Washington, D.C. It is a place rich with memories of our country’s history, the place where our founding fathers made decisions that helped to shape our past. It is also a place where today’s leaders are shaping our future. Each and every day our nation’s leading lawmakers are making decisions that have a direct impact the future of our country. They are paving the path, choosing the direction we will go. So naturally, any time I get a chance to have a hand in that process I take it. That is why I chose to attend the National Young Farmer Education Association’s Agriculture’s Promise forum in Washington, D.C. last April.

As someone who was relatively new to the NYFEA organization I was not sure what to expect. I had been to D.C. three other times for various conferences and trip, but never for a forum such as this. If fact, I am not even sure I could say I knew what a forum was! However, that did not last long. From the moment the forum began I knew that I was a part of something special. Agriculturalists had come from all over the country in order to give their industry a voice, to give their industry the opportunity to help pave the path to the future.

But why was this so special, so important? It is simple, for many years agriculturalists have taken for granted to relationships they have with the people they serve, their consumers. This has caused a huge disconnect, making many consumers unaware of the ins and outs of the industry. So, as congressmen and women are faced with decision that directly affect the agriculture industry, they are not always properly informed. That is why agriculturalists like myself chose to attend Agriculture’s Promise: a Forum for the Next Generation. This forum was our opportunity reconnects with the consumers out in Washington. It was our opportunity to tell our own agriculture story.

If you are reading this blog, and wondering what it has to do with you, wonder no longer. The 2011 Agriculture’s Promise Forum is coming up faster than you realize, and if you do not begin to seriously consider this opportunity to put a name and a face to the agriculture industry it may pass you by. If you believe in the words that E.M. Tiffany wrote many years ago, “I believe in the future of agriculture,” then you must take the opportunity help carve a path to that future.
– Kathryn

To attend Agriculture’s Promise, check out the registration form below & send it in by March 10th, 2011.  We look forward to seeing you!

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Entry filed under: Agriculture's Promise 2011, Guest Bloggers, NYFEA info.

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