Thirty-five students from Morningside College majoring in agriculture or political science filled the state Capitol rotunda yesterday. Iowa Corn Grower Association® (ICGA) District 4 Committee sponsored the Day on the Hill for the Morningside students. This opportunity from Iowa Corn facilitated a one-on-one interaction with state legislators where students discussed and learned about the policy process and issues important to agriculture.
“The relationship between advocate groups like Iowa Corn Growers Association and legislators are important because not everyone can be an expert on all issues,” stated Jessica Higgins, a Morningside senior and American government and politics major. “I learned that having a voice on the Hill to represent and speak on behalf of your issue is of the upmost importance.”
After the students learned from legislators, they had the opportunity to sit down with Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. Naig answered questions from the student group covering a variety of topics including trade, foreign animal disease, conservation efforts, and engaging in the political process.
“I enjoyed meeting Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and asking him questions about cover crops and environmental safety around the farming industry,” stated Kyle Fowler a biology and political science major. “Although I am not directly linked in agriculture studies, it’s important for me to understand the agricultural industry as it plays a crucial role in the economics of Iowa.”
Many of the students had not been to the state Capitol prior to yesterday’s event. They appreciated the opportunity ICGA provided them to help build relationships with the people that serve as their voice at the Capitol.
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