AFA has selected an outstanding collection of 40 collegiate men and women to travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in National Ag Day, March 8, 2012. National Ag Day falls during National Ag Week, during which producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others from across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.

Through its partnership with the Agriculture Council of America, AFA is able to offer students the opportunity to share the message of agriculture by visiting Capitol Hill and meeting directly with legislators and advisors from the students’ home states. Students also have the chance to participate in training sessions to help them better understand policy and regulation impacts to agriculture, attend an Ag Day luncheon on Capitol Hill and network with other students passionate about agriculture and the legislative process.

“Linking college men and women with learning experiences that will enhance their skills and help them prepare to be pace setters in their careers is at the core of AFA’s mission” said Russ Weathers, President and CEO of Agriculture Future of America. “AFA is extremely pleased to be a part of this partnership that allows students to spread the positive message of agriculture and learn about U.S. policy and regulation as it relates to agriculture.”

This year, as a result of close collaboration with the National Teach Ag Campaign, FFA and the Agriculture Council of America, three AFA Ag Day delegates majoring in agriculture education will take part in the first ever National Teach Ag Day event. During this event, three AFA students, along with three National FFA delegates and three mentor teachers, will prepare and teach an agriscience lesson in a D.C. middle school on National Ag Day, Thursday, March 8. Their activity and the agricultural education profession will also be highlighted to legislators and industry representatives at the Ag Day luncheon on Thursday.

The National Ag Day campaign, hosted by the Agriculture Council of America, encourages every American to understand how food and fiber products are produced, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy and appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products. For more information about National Ag Day, visit or contact the Agriculture Council of America at 913-491-1895.

Students attending National Ag Day on behalf of AFA include: 

Kaylie Ackerley, Cornell University
Mark Avilla, Kansas State University
Michael Baird, Purdue University
Hillary Breene, Kansas State University
Timothy Bryant, Prairie View A&M University
Jon Calhoun, Oregon State University
Michael Carlson, South Dakota State University
Morgan Dawson, Purdue University
Lance Day, University of Missouri
Jaclyn Dingels, University of Minnesota
Casey Droddy, Kansas State University
Paige Druffel, Kansas State University
Kevin Esau, Cal-Poly State University
John Frame, University of Minnesota
Wayne Gehrke, University of Illinois
Daniel Herriott, Illinois State University
Ashlee Hespen, Iowa State University
Molly Hubbard, Clemson University
April Johnson, South Dakota State University
Joshua Johnson, South Dakota State University
Dustin Lopez, University of Minnesota
Bethany Markway, Missouri University
Ashton Mese, Oklahoma State University
Matraca Meyer, University of Nebraska
Courtney Moskios, Pennsylvania State University
Dennis Ogle, University of Missouri
Rozalyn Patrick, Oregon State University
Kayla Petree, University of Missouri
Katelyn Robledo, University of California, Davis
Sarah Sample, South Dakota State University
Ana Schweer, South Dakota State University
Amanda Spoo, Kansas State University
Kassey Steele, Oklahoma State University
Blake Stowers, Purdue University
Kelsey Vance, Illinois State University
Bryce Vaughn, University of Nebraska
Caroline Weihl, The Ohio State University
Christine Woodman,Cal-Poly State University
Cary Yates, University of Missouri
Yang Zhou, Purdue University