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Recently, the thought came to me that everyone in the agricultural supply chain sells something, but what is it that agricultural policy associations sell? The simple answer is policy. But rather, they sell their research and writing, creative ideas, advocacy skills, and in the rare case of NASDA, bipartisan consensus. What a valuable experience it has been for me to learn from professionals who take relevant and informed perspectives from both sides of the aisle and create a finished product that reflects the vast food and agricultural landscape of the United States.

Agriculture has a wide variety of producers, processors and refineries that sell raw and finished products. All of the supply chain in agriculture is regulated by someone, and over the last two months those individuals, organizations, and departments have had to step up to plate to maintain composure. Leaders have emerged and helped resolve difficult situations. Others have silently performed their job in the supply chain and have finally received recognition for their essential labor.

It’s an important time to be advocating for a broad measure of support that is comprehensive of the unique challenges facing agriculture. State and federal policymakers are continually confronted with difficult decisions. Through my experiences I have listened to NASDA staff – and the state department of agriculture leaders – they represent – continue to develop creative, innovative, and practical solutions to urgent problems. Let me just say it’s very reassuring to watch and listen to, and it has created a unique learning experience for myself, as I’m sure it has for many agricultural interns during this time.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to converse, watch, and learn from policy professionals during this academic semester. Though it may be a trying time, I’m confident there are very bright days ahead for American agriculture. I’m excited to pursue a career in an essential industry, that will always be necessary, relevant, and vitally important.

Will Feucht, Iowa State University
Growing up on his family’s livestock and row crop farm in central Illinois, Will was able to develop a genuine passion for agriculture, and still helps out with the row-crop side of the farm when he has time. He also gained some experience working for two different agronomy service firms through high school and into college. He is currently double majoring in agricultural business and agriculture and society at Iowa State University where he’s also involved in the agricultural business club, and serves as an ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Will is interested in pursuing a position in agriculture policy or merchandising and risk management for a grain company following graduation.