Grange Youth Participate in National Ag Day

WASHINGTON — The National Grange Youth Team visited legislators and participated in several events to mark 2018 National Ag Day.

The highlight of the event was attending the National Ag Day celebration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday.

The team joined agriculture youth at the Whitten Patio to hear from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Vice President Mike Pence.

“I truly believe the greatest contribution that farmers have made throughout the long and storied his­tory of this nation has been to the character of the nation,” Pence said.

He also presented the National Ag Day proclamation signed by President Donald Trump.

The Grangers discussed several key issues for the National Grange includ­ing passing the Farm Bill, immigra­tion reform and rural broadbrand with their legislators.

National Grange Outstanding Young Patron Jennifer Nauss of Pennsylvania visited with Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey’s staff.

Nauss, a teacher, also highlighted the need to remember rural school districts as well as their urban and suburban counterparts as the debates continue around education issues.

Youth Ambassador Tessa Taft of New York visited with the staff of New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman John Katko.

“I found that many of the staff members attentive and interested in my viewpoints,” Taft said. She spoke of the importance of addressing the needs of the local dairy industry who have been struggling with profitability.

Youth Ambassador Jacob Gwin of Washington State visited with the staff of Sen. Patty Murray.

Gwin said youth have a role to play in the legislative process. They should not be afraid to visit their legislators.

“We did not agree on the solutions, but they treated me with respect as I shared my thoughts,” he said.

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