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Ag Day holds special significance for FFA officers and members

Ag Day holds special significance for FFA officers and members
Many activities during National Ag Day involve FFA members

By Derek Berkshire, 2014-2015 Indiana FFA state sentinel

Jacob Mueller, Indiana FFA state Southern Region Vice President, and I are just wrapping up a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., focused on National Ag Day, which was March 18. We learned firsthand that it celebrates the importance and ingenuity of the industry.

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Derek Berkshire is the 2014-2015 Indiana FFA state sentinel, hailing from Caston High School in Cass County. Read more about Berkshire's trip in the April issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer magazine.

When we got off the plane, we headed to the first of many events located at the National 4-H Center. We met with students from FFA, Agriculture Future of America, 4-H and the National Agri-Marketing Association. After some time spent mingling, we shared ideas about how to tackle current issues in the agriculture industry and how they could be addressed regionally. We also discussed the role our organizations play in all of this.

This was not the first time I visited D.C., but this visit was different than before. It was not the sight of the monuments or understanding who had stood on that hallowed ground. It was not the way the city comes to life at night or the simple fact I was in our nation's capital.

This particular trip was special because of one detail – unity. AFA, FFA, 4-H, and NAMA members from around this nation were all in Washington D.C., united, for a singular passion—agriculture. Even now I get chills knowing this industry is in very good, capable hands.

The final day of the trip continued to impress me, even above the already present hype surrounding National Ag Day. We met with our respective Congressmen to discuss the present state of American agriculture.

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More importantly, we were able to openly express the current position of Indiana agriculture on an assortment of topics.

After several days of discussing agriculture, it was hard to say goodbye. It was also an exciting time. It was National Ag Day.

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