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  OFFICERS REPRESENT TEXAS FFA AT NATIONAL AG DAY IN DC
 
By: Ashlee Myers, Texas FFA News Staff
April 15, 2016

 
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Every year supporters descend on our nation’s capital to advocate and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. On March 15 Texas FFA State Officers, Alec Winfrey and Micah Davidson traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in this year’s National Ag Day festivities.

Producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others gather in Washington D.C. annually to spread awareness of the role agriculture plays in providing safe, plentiful and affordable products to our country.

“There are over seven billion people in the world – that’s over seven billion mouths to feed every day,” said Texas FFA Vice President Alec Winfrey. “I believe [National Ag Day] is about educating the public on how American agriculture continues to provide our world with a safe, sustainable food supply.”



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.

“National Ag Day presents a great opportunity and platform to advocate for agriculture,” said Texas FFA Vice President Micah Davidson. “However, I believe that it is also a reminder of our duty as agriculturalist to advocate every day of the year.” 

While in the nation’s capital Winfrey and Davidson were able to visit about the importance of agriculture in America with various representatives and congressional staff members, including Representative Randy Neugebauer, U.S. Representative for Texas' 19th Congressional District.   



The two officers also had the opportunity to visit with numerous United States Department of Agriculture employees and get their perspective on current issues.  

“[USDA employees] have a lot of experience advocating for our industry, so they were able to tell us firsthand accounts of how they lobbied for various issues related to American agriculture,” said Davidson.

Davison said that the relationships and advice cultivated during his National Ag Day experience reinforced his belief that FFA members continue to positively influence the future of agriculture.   

“We can all make a difference,” said Davidson. “Our organization helps develop skills that you can use to bring positive change to your community and beyond.”

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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