This Valentine’s Day, consider showing your love for ag! Agricultural advocacy helps people without a background in farming better understand the food production process. By speaking up on social media or in conversation with friends and family, you can spread the word about the benefits of crop protection products and the industry’s commitment to help farmers be good stewards of the land. Read more about agvocacy from our Master’s in Modern Ag (MMA) alumni below.
“In order to combat modern ag misconceptions, people need to understand that America’s farmers and ranchers are dedicated to raising healthy, high-quality products to feed the world. I strive to be a positive advocate for the industry and utilize opportunities to educate those who are unfamiliar with agriculture. We need to continue to advocate on behalf of all aspects of agriculture and unite our community to better educate the world around us.”
- Adelai, Iowa
“I propose that we take three simple steps to combat [farming] misconceptions and draw students into agricultural careers: include agriculture as an important part of ALL coursework, including English, science, math, social studies, economics, art, language, and technology, in ALL high schools across the nation; work with college recruiters and high school guidance counselors to highlight STEM careers in all parts of agriculture; and advocate for agriculture as a progressive industry and self-promote through all available media outlets about the advancements in agriculture.
Promoting our best practices (stewardship/sustainability), scientific advancements, and greatest accomplishments through the avenues of education is our best chance of building support for our industry as we work toward the monumental task of providing nutritious and abundant food for nine billion people by 2050.”
- Seth, Indiana
“As an industry, we need to advocate better…We also need to educate children and reconnect them to their food. The more that people understand where their food comes from and what it takes to provide safe food, the less fear they will have about agriculture in general. We also need to continue to support a risk and science-based regulatory system which allows us to introduce new innovations quickly to the growers, providing continual improvement to our food supply system. Without a strong science base, the public loses confidence in the regulatory system and the agricultural community. We have a great system in North America and we continue to benefit from a reliable, safe and abundant food supply, we just have to talk more!”
- Dana, North Carolina