Today, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a public hearing to review a presentation by National 4-H Conference participants concerning the future of agriculture in the United States.

As the nation’s largest youth development organization, 4-H is a model for bridging the gap between rural and urban communities. 4-H consists of six million young people with various backgrounds and serves to help them better understand the agriculture industry. Today’s hearing focused on how youth involved in 4-H can help address the future of agriculture and the importance of fostering relationships between urban and rural communities.  Members heard from 17 distinguished delegates from the National 4-H Conference whose presentation highlighted the importance of bridging the gap between rural and urban areas. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden was also in attendance and offered opening remarks.

“These young people are the future of agriculture,” ​Chairman Davis said. “It is vital for us to listen to and understand how they are finding and creating common ground with individuals of non-farm backgrounds. As the Agriculture Committee continues its series of hearings exploring every aspect of our food and fiber supply, it is important that we take into account all challenges in both a rural and urban setting. I am impressed by these young leaders and thank them for what they are doing within their home states and communities. This is a great start to future conversations that will highlight and enhance the rural-urban relationship.”

Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway applauded the students for their presentation. “Hearing from smart young leaders like today’s 4-H participants gives me faith in the future of agriculture and of America. As the Agriculture Committee moves forward on many legislative initiatives, we will focus on bridging the gap between rural and urban communities. I appreciate Rep. Davis’ work on this important issue, and I look forward the committee’s future hearings examining all aspects of the food and fiber

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