Rodney Davis, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, held a public hearing on April 14 to review a presentation by National 4-H Conference participants in regards to the future of agriculture. A total of 17 delegates highlighted the importance of minimizing the gap between urban and rural areas.
“These young people are the future of agriculture,” said Davis. “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.”
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden also attended the event and provided opening remarks. Committee Chairman K. Michael Conway commended the students for their presentation and interest in the future of agriculture.
“As the Agriculture Committee moves forward on many legislative initiatives, we will focus on bridging the gap between rural and urban communities,” Conway said. “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 industries.”
The National 4-H Conference is designed to bring together 4-H members between the ages of 15 and 19 to attend training workshops and meet with state leaders. Originally, the conference was known as the “National 4-H Club Camp” when it debuted in 1927.