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Kansas Officers Recognize USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden

Oct 29, 2015

On Sept. 28, FFA members from Kansas presented USDA Secretary Krysta Harden with special recognition for her unending support and dedication to FFA and agricultural education. The recently-retired Kansas State FFA Officer team joined Deputy Secretary Harden in Washington D.C.

FFA celebrated Deputy Secretary Harden thanks to her instrumental work in securing resources and funds from the United States Department of Agriculture for FFA members across the country. The deputy secretary also continues to recognize the importance of young leaders in agriculture.

Taylor Green, past Kansas State FFA President, presented to the award to Deputy Secretary Harden . It was a plaque that cited the final part of the traditional FFA Closing Ceremonies: “ “As we mingle with others, let us be diligent in labor, just in our dealings, courteous to everyone, and above all, honest and fair in the game of life.”

Following the award presentation, the members were able to participate in a roundtable discussion with the Deputy where they talked about biotechnology, trade agreements, and moving the agricultural industry into the future.

“You are the leaders. You will inherit this country and this government. And it will be better because of you,” Deputy Secretary Harden said during the meeting.

The Kansas officer team was in Washington D.C. as part of their efforts in the spring to complete the State Officer Challenge. The State Officer Challenge is an opportunity for state officers to advocate on behalf of FFA, agricultural education, career and technical education and the agriculture industry through several objectives.

Just prior to the Kansas visit, state officers from Iowa were also celebrated for their State Officer Challenge efforts.

Other stops on the Washington D.C. tour for the Kansas officers also included meetings and tours with the Food and Drug Administration, Association for Career and Technical Education, State Department and a tour of the Newseum with a focus on visiting Howard Buffett’s “40 Chances” photo exhibit.

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