K-State Research and Extension News
March 09, 2012
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Agronomy Student Speaks to Legislators At National Ag Day in Washington, D.C.

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The future of agriculture is in good hands, if Kansas State University’s Jessie Zimmerman is any indication. On National Agriculture Day, March 8, the senior in agronomy and president of the national Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences (SASES) organization, spoke to national legislators on the vital role agriculture plays in our society. 

Zimmerman told legislators her personal story of the hands-on ways she has learned how agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities -- food, fiber, clothing, even fuel -- of everyday life. 

“I grew up on a farm near Alta Vista about 30 miles south of Manhattan, Kansas, where we had black and red Angus cattle. We also grew wheat, grain, sorghum, soybeans, alfalfa and brome. My favorite activity on the farm was running the swather to cut alfalfa, prairie hay and brome. I'll probably end up on the farm someday,” Zimmerman said. 

National Ag Day is important for the future of anyone with an interest in agriculture, she said. 

“I am excited about the opportunity to promote agriculture at the national level. It’s also a good opportunity for students to network with others and explore possible career opportunities,” Zimmerman said. 

She’s also hoping to learn some new, innovative ways to get the message of agriculture out to others when she returns to Kansas.

SASES is a student group supported by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America

National Ag Day is sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America. Attending the event this year were producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and others. The National Ag Day program is committed to increasing public awareness about American agriculture. 

National Ag Day organizers believe every American should understand how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced and the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.



K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Steve Watson
K-State Research & Extension News

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