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No longer is it possible for agriculturalists to assume the general public understands how important the agriculture sector of the American economy is to our way of life.

Because of this, it is necessary to continue to educate people on where their food comes from and how few people it actually takes to feed the world. April 18, five members of the Fredericktown FFA Chapter attended the Farm Bureau Youth in Agriculture Leadership Day in Jefferson City. This one-day seminar provides the students with a unique leadership opportunity by giving the students access to their state representative, as well as their state senator to better understand our political system and legislative process.

The day’s activities included meeting with State Senator Wayne Wallingford on the chamber floor as well as Representative Rick Francis, having them educate the students on what takes place at the capital. While with the congressional representative, the students learned about how a bill is brought before each chamber, the procedure in making a bill a law, and which bills were being discussed would impact the agricultural industry.

Senator Wallingford took the time to talk with the students as well as announcing them on the senate floor. After meeting with the legislators, the students got a lunch from Farm Bureau and listened to Representative Ray Black. His message was about the importance community and remembering where you are from.

The day’s activities gave each student a better insight on our legislative system and on an elected representative’s role in our state government. Agriculture and agricultural education continues to encourage students to take a leadership role and be the best that they can be by taking advantage of the opportunities offered to them through school activities.

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