Ag Voices of the Future - American Soybean Association

Ag Voices of the Future

Congrats to the 2018 Ag Voices of the Future: 

 

  • Caleb Swears, Carlisle, AR 
  • Erin Chalupa, Keota, IA
  • Camryn Clift, Princeton, KY
  • Nathalie Yoder, Altha, FL 
  • Cameron Walls, Decatur, IL
  • Mary Kate Morgan, Shawboro, NC 
  • Courtney Heiser, Attica, OH 
  • Shelby Riggs, Mitchell, SD 
  • Sarah Lehner, Delaware, OH 
  • Abigail George, Mondovi, WI 

This program 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 will be held in conjunction with the ASA Board Meeting and Soy Issues Briefing, July 9-12, 2018, 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. An analysis of recent U.S. Census data, correlated with the 2012 Census of Agriculture, shows that only one of 435 districts in the U.S. House of Representatives is comprised of a rural population greater than 75 percent.  More than half of the U.S. population currently resides in 39 of the nation’s largest cities.  As a result, positions on Congressional staffs, regulatory agencies and services groups within the Federal government are often filled with individuals who have a very limited understanding of farming and the needs of the agriculture industry.

The new Ag Voices of the Future program is designed to expose young people, with a connection to the farm, to an education on major policy issues and advocacy.  It will also encourage them to consider careers within agriculture associations and industry, as well as government regulatory and legislative positions.

Questions regarding the Ag Voices of the Future program may be directed to Michelle Hummel in the ASA office at (314) 754-1328 or mhummel@soy.org.

2017 Ag Voices of the Future Class

2017 Ag Voices of the Future Class visits USDA. Front row (from left to right): Mason Gordon, Kelsey Smith, Evan Jackson and Kelsey Cassebaum. Back row (from left to right): Corbin Bell, Abby Steinkamp, Will Nalley and William Raftis.

  • Corbin Bell, Missouri
  • Kelsey Cassebaum, Alabama
  • Mason Gordon, Indiana
  • Evan Jackson, Kentucky
  • Will Nalley, Kentucky
  • William Raftis, Illinois
  • Kelsey Smith, Illinois
  • Abigail Steinkamp, Indiana

Click here to see photos from the program.