National FFA Central Region Vice President Valerie Earley had to make a quicker-than-expected exit from her home state FFA convention in Minnesota on Monday, but it was for a very important reason.
On invitation from President Trump, Earley represented FFA members nationwide on a Farmer Roundtable and Executive Order Signing in the Roosevelt Room on Tuesday. She was called to discuss the skills FFA members gain, the experiences they have and the future leaders they will become – all important topics as FFA continues to grow the next generation of agriculture.
Pictured at The White House (L-R): A.G.Kawamura, Orange County Produce and former California agriculture secretary; Valerie Early, National FFA Officer: Zippy Duval, American Farm Bureau Federation president and farmer; Jose Rojas, Hormel Foods.
Earley was one of 15 individuals selected for the event that also included Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The group discussed topics like agricultural trade, regulatory reform, rural investment and infrastructure, the Farm Bill and agricultural labor. Included in the event was a signing of an executive order the acknowledged “a reliable, safe, and affordable food, fiber, and forestry supply is critical to America’s national security, stability, and prosperity.”
Earley also wound up nearly front-and-center during the media availability session of the event, seated immediately to the president’s left:
Results from our first corn silage burn down day showed harvest may be a couple weeks away. Click here to view more information, and join us for our second burn down day on Tuesday, September 10th in Stewartville.
(Washington, D.C., July 25, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced further details of the $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals.
This year's event is a joint effort between MDI, SE MN Forage Council, MFA and UM Extension. The event will be hosted on July 30 at Metz’s Hart-Land Dairy & Creamery and Clear Crest Farms. Click here to read more.