Posted on August 19, 2015 at 9:37 AM by Iowa Corn
This summer, a group of young leaders from the Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team embarked on a four day trip to Washington, D.C. to listen and learn about key issues in the nation’s agriculture industry as attendants of the 2015 Corn Congress.
|Collegiate Advisory Team touring Delmarva Farms
Participants on the trip included Whitley Frieden, a sophomore at Muscatine Community College, Kaitlin Ihns, junior at Iowa State University, Haley Banwart, senior at Iowa State University, and Tessa Otto, a May graduate of Graceland University.
After arriving in the nation’s capital late Monday evening, the Iowa Corn Collegiate members had the opportunity to meet with other students from the Ohio, Nebraska and Missouri groups.
The following day, the group headed out of the city to the Delmarva region where they learned about the diversity of East Coast agriculture. The first stop was at Bell Nursery. Farm manager, Billy Murdoch, gave a tour of the facility which is responsible for supplying all of Home Depots’ flowers. It was amazing to see so many potted plants in one concentrated location!
The second farm tour of the day was at Clovelly Farms and Vineyard. The Midwesterners felt right at home when they were given a tour of the farm riding on a hay rack. Clovelly Farms is a diversified farm that grows several hundred acres of trees, row crops and grapes which are harvested and sent off location to be made into wine.
|CAT Members attend the National Corn Congress
The final stop of the day was at Councell Farms. Chip Councell explained his family’s decision to start an agri-tourism business that attracts many visitors each year. The Councell’s also grow row crops as well as fresh fruit and vegetable produce.
Back in D.C., the day was concluded with a night tour of the National Mall. Although a few members of the collegiate team had previously been to D.C., the casual stroll to see the monuments was enjoyed by all.
On Wednesday, the collegiate members woke up early and dressed in their best to attend National Corn Congress. During the morning sessions, votes were cast to elect the newest members of the National Corn Board. An update on NCGA policy was also presented.
After the morning sessions wrapped up, the Iowa Corn Collegiate members attended a “Rally for Rural America” in support of the Renewable Fuel Standard and had the opportunity to meet with Iowa representatives as well as other political leaders on Capitol Hill. The day was concluded with a rooftop reception at the National Corn Growers Association headquarters.
On the final morning of the trip, the group resumed visits at Capitol Hill with Iowa’s congressmen. It was inspiring to hear Iowa farmers address their representatives on issues they face as corn growers.
Overall, the trip to Washington, D.C. was very educational and a rewarding experience to all who attended!