Students learn about policy careers and meet with legislative representatives

Written by Madison Hire

The Agricultural Economics department had three students attend the Agriculture Future of America Policy Institute. They spent a few days during their spring break out in Washington, D.C. learning about policy and different careers that are available for those interested in the sector. Students were able to participate in National Ag Day activities on Capitol Hill. This institute also allowed the students to connect with their legislative representatives and give their opinions on current issues happening in our government. 

Sydney Klaveano (Freshman; Applied Agriculture Economics; Pullman, WA) talked about her biggest take away from the institute, “I learned about a lot of opportunities in companies I never would have considered for career paths that interested me.” These students not only got to network with industry professionals but with thirty-seven other students from across the country that have similar career interests and passions. Cole Pearson (Freshman; Agribusiness Management; Delphi, IN) had another perspective on the weekend, “While I was there, I was able to shape my experiences and stories into something that will influence how my representatives vote. I was able to meet the staff of one of the senators and the representative that covers Purdue.”

Students also were able to listen to guest speakers from the industry and learn a little more about work that goes on behind the scenes and how to get themselves into the industry. “My favorite speaker was Todd Van Hoose, who is the CEO of Farm Credit Council. I really enjoyed having him come and talk with us because he treated us like professionals, not kids having a fun spring break in Washington, D.C. He made careers within the government seem much more attainable and familiar, and not just a far-out community.” From the experiences to the speakers, students were inspired to pursue future careers in policy to help shape and change the future of agriculture. 

If you would like to apply for the 2020 Policy Institute you can visit this site

Other students attending: Morgan Winder

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