This program, sponsored by Valent USA, is for young people interested in improving their understanding of major policy issues that impact soybean farmers, the importance of advocacy, and careers that can impact agricultural policy. The Ag Voices of the Future class is held in conjunction with the annual ASA Board Meeting and Soy Issues Briefing each July in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. agriculture industry needs more leaders in Washington, D.C. who understand the needs of farmers and the agriculture industry, especially as it relates to the development of policies and regulations that impact farm productivity. The proportion of rural congressional districts is at its lowest point in history.
The Ag Voices of the Future program is designed to expose young people with a farming connection to an education on major policy issues and advocacy. It encourages them to consider careers within agriculture associations and industry, as well as government regulatory and legislative positions.
To apply for the ASA and Valent Ag Voices of the Future program, students should visit the AFA website at www.agfuture.org/scholarships, click on the green “Apply Now” button, and submit their online application by March 11, 2020.
To make sure your application is considered for the Ag Voices of the Future program, check the box that reads “I have an interest in agriculture policy and would like to be considered for the ASA and Valent Ag Voices of the Future Program (July 6-9, 2020, in Washington, D.C.), as well as receiving an AFA Leader and Academic Scholarship.” For program questions, contact Michelle Hummel in the ASA office at 314-754-1328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.