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  OFFICERS TRAVEL TO DC FOR NATIONAL AG DAY
 
By: Leighton James, Texas FFA News Staff
April 15, 2015

 
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National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year on March 18, advocates join together to recognize its significant contributions.  This year Texas FFA State Officers, Katie Holt and Zach McMeans traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the annual National Ag Day festivities. 

Producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others gathered in our nation’s capital to spread awareness of the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products to our country. 



“Agriculture is everywhere,” Katie Holt, Texas FFA Area IV Vice President said. “We need to continue to educate our country on how food and fiber products are produced.”

Today American farmers are a minority group that represents 1.5 percent of the population. Meanwhile, most Americans are three generations removed from the farm. These statistics prove that agriculture advocacy is a necessity. 



“The average American lacks understanding about the important role agriculture plays in all our lives, and it’s up to us to educate them,” Zach McMeans, Texas FFA Area II Vice President said.  “National Ag Day is a great opportunity for advocates to interact with our countries policy makers.” 

While in the nation’s capital Holt and McMeans were able to visit with numerous representatives, including Representative K. Michael Conaway, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.  



“[Rep. Conaway] took time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about the Texas FFA and his home town of Odessa,” said Holt. 

The interactions with various individuals throughout the trip positively impacted their experience. McMeans believes that the FFA prepares students to be engaging citizens in order to take action. 

“Don't let your young age keep you from making a difference,” said McMeans. “FFA gives you many skills that you can use to bring a positive change in your hometown or even with legislators in D.C.”

National Ag Day is hosted by Agricultural Council of America. To learn more about the event or to get involved, visit www.agday.org.
 
 
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