The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) welcomed eleven students to the 2018 Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut, under NASDA President and Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Steven Reviczky last week as part of the NASDA’s Next Generation Program (NNG).
The students had sit down discussions with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and The Honorable Dannel Malloy, Governor of Connecticut, about top issues facing our nation’s agriculture including international trade, biotechnology, the future of agriculture education, and agriculture labor. Kellie Bray, Senior Director, Government Relations with CropLife America, also engaged with the group of young leaders on their ideas for recruiting and retaining talent for the agriculture industry. Dr. Jean Lonie, Relationship Manager, International Nuffield Scholars, served as the group’s facilitator for the week engaging with the students on how they could serve the agriculture industry as leaders in public service.
The objective of NNG is to advance understanding by future leaders in agriculture, food, and natural resource industries of the roles of the state departments of agriculture in agricultural policy development, communication, and promotion of agriculture. The program was sponsored by Bayer and Syngenta.
“NNG is one-of-a-kind opportunity for collegiate students to learn about ag policy and public service careers in state departments of agriculture,” said NASDA CEO Dr. Barbara P. Glenn. “Through this program we are able provide these young leaders with an immersive experience in our conference and access to the leading voices in agriculture on the state and federal levels.”
Students selected to participate in NNG included: Brian Glenn, University of Maryland; Stephanie McBath, Cornell University; Margo Clark, New Hampshire University; Jeremy Posluszny, Rutgers University; Jonah Vincent, University of Delaware; Daria Larson, University of Connecticut; Justin Ferreira, University of Connecticut; Katelyn Zembrzycki, Penn State University; Isaac Clements, Penn State University; Dylan Schoemaker, Penn State University; and Elizabeth La Chapelle, University of Rhode Island.
NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. To learn more about NASDA, please visit www.nasda.org.