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National Ag Week Connects Students With Lawmakers

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Today kicks off National Ag Week with National Ag Day being celebrated Tuesday. In honor of National Ag Week, students from across the country will be chatting with federal lawmakers and advocating for agriculture. One of those students is Indiana FFA President Julia Hamblen. She’s been learning how to best advocate for ag during seminars with National FFA officers this past week.

“I have a very strong passion for the industry. My goal, ultimately, is to advocate for it. That’s what we’re learning about in these National Ag Week seminars is how to advocate for agriculture because, at the end of the day, agriculture is what keeps this world going. So, I’ve made it my mission now to advocate for it properly. To be able to do that, especially this week, is very important to me.”

She said the issue she plans to push forward in her conversations with lawmakers is the issue of rural broadband.

“That’s a big issue that we’ve been discussing within my county Farm Bureau and now it’s something we get to talk about on the national level. We actually got to dig a little deeper into what broadband is and how to advocate for it. So, that’s going to be one of our biggest talking points- how to expand rural broadband.”

Four other Purdue University students will also be joining Hamblen this National Ag Week in advocating for agriculture, having conversations with their lawmakers as well.