Perry Harlow was raised in a small town in North-Central Illinois where he was actively involved in 4-H and FFA. He spent many summers baking pies, fitting steers, and attempting to snap some photos for his photography projects. Due to his involvement in the youth organizations, he decided to major in Agricultural Education. He started at Joliet Junior College and then transferred to Illinois State University to finish his degree. After his student teaching experience, Perry decided to continue his education at Illinois State University to receive a Master of Science in Agricultural Education. His research looked at Illinois legislators’ perceptions of school-based agricultural education.
After completing his bachelor’s degree, he took a leap of fate and interned in Washington, D.C. as the Advocacy intern for the National Association of Agricultural Educators. This experience jump-started his passion for agricultural policy. The following summer he interned for the United States Senator Tammy Duckworth. He attended congressional hearings relating to the farm bill and wrote policy memos on agricultural topics.
In his free time, Perry enjoys volunteering for HOBY. HOBY is a youth leadership seminar for high school sophomores. For the past two years, he has served as the Director of Programming for HOBY Illinois Central South. Perry is responsible for the traveling logistics for 15 speakers and plans the leadership activities for the attendees.
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