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By Kaitlyn Rowan
Richmond FFA Vice-President
Three Richmond FFA Officers traveled to the State Capitol for the 2014 Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Day. Kaitlyn Rowan, Aaron Shank, and Colby Yoakum spent the day with over 400 youth touring the Capital. During the time they spent with Rep. Joe Don McGaugh, students learned about the most popular bills that were being discussed. The students also met with Sen. David Pearce, who introduced the students to the senate.
Members of the Orrick FFA chapter also attended the youth day.
Richmond’s Rowan, Shank, and Yoakum listened to guess speakers talk about the new farming amendment that has been proposed. “Keep Missouri Farming” is an amendment that Missourians will vote on in the fall. This amendment is designed to protect hard-working farm families and allow them to continue in agriculture.
Proponents say the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment will save jobs in the state and also protect Missouri family farmers, big and small, to continue farming and feed people in Missouri and elsewhere.
Students were shown a video produced by Missouri Farm Bureau that features a number of state farmers voicing their support for the farming amendment. can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFAvyrlWwgs.
Ray County Farm Bureau helped sponsor the students’ participation.