Two CALS students were recently chosen to attend National Ag Day in Washington D.C. March 15. Senior Katie Dogs and Sophomore Jared Wendt were honored to be a voice for Ag Students at UW-Madison and across the nation.
Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.
Katie Dogs, who will graduate with a major in Life Sciences Communication this May, particularly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with legislators about the importance of Agriculture. “Advocating for agriculture is becoming more and more important as the average American is losing touch with where their food is coming from. Part of our advocacy efforts need to be focused on policymakers in Washington because their decisions are shaping the future of our industry”.
Dogs attended Ag Day as a representative for Agriculture Future of America, an organization where she has held a national leadership role for the last year.
Jared Wendt is a Sophomore majoring in Biochemistry and Food Science. For him, the best part of attending Ag Day was the opportunity to meet with like-minded students from around the country AND the training they received about how to effectively talk to legislators.
“Having your talking points narrowed down is important when talking with legislators. We did not have time to cover everything, so we focused on Carl-Perkins grants, Genetically Modified Crops and the future of Agriculture,” Wendt went on to say, “The Wisconsin legislators that we spoke to were knowledgeable on agricultural issues. It felt good to have my voice heard by a group that respects the Wisconsin agriculture industry.”
Wendt attended Ag Day as a representative for Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
For information about National Ag Day – go to www.agday.org.