I made lifelong friends, learned about agriculture and how it plays into my future career, and had the opportunity to advocate on behalf of an industry that has formed me into the person I am today. - Kathleen Jacobs
The above statement is feedback from just one Collegiate Farm Bureau member who travelled to Washington, D.C. for Indiana Farm Bureau's annual three-day U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Crop Report Lockup Trip.
During the trip, which is held each September, participants have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service headquarters to see the special security measures taken by the Agricultural Statistics Board to lock up (protect) corn and soybean statistical reports before they are released to, and move market prices around, the world.
The trip also includes receiving Farm Bureau policy updates from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF); congressional visits; networking opportunities with USDA, AFBF and other ag and non-profit professionals; AND sightseeing--a moonlight monuments tour is a one of the trip highlights.
This national conference brings together students and young professionals from around the country to network, learn and grow in agriculture. Sessions include professional development, production agriculture, technology and communications, and more. Tours of local farms are available to broaden your knowledge of agriculture in different states. Indiana Farm Bureau will coordinate travel for students, and chapters can fundraise to send even more members.
The 2022 conference is scheduled to be held in Louisville, Ky. Additional information will be shared as it is available.
Indiana Farm Bureau members encompass all facets of agriculture, from crops and livestock to beekeeping and brewing. We are creating a network of our members that are interested in hosting interns to open the door for future opportunities in the agriculture industry. Contact Becca Bonnell for more information!