Observing National Ag Day in D.C.

March 18, 2015

Paulsen representatives Sara Steever, president, and Greg Guse, executive vice president, attended several National Agriculture Day events in Washington, D.C., March 17-18.

First on the agenda was the annual Agri-Pulse panel discussion and reception. Editor Sara Wyant moderated a discussion among several ag industry leaders who addressed a number of timely and important topics including biotechnology, EPA water regulations, foreign trade of ag commodities, food safety, technology and data management, and leading edge university research within the livestock sector. The scope and depth of knowledge shared by this panel of experts was indeed impressive. Additionally, an excellent video tribute to Clayton Yeutter, former Secretary of Agriculture and USDA Trade Representative was premiered at the Agri-Pulse gathering.

The reception following the panel discussion was well attended and represented  a broad cross-section of the ag industry, including government, ag media, producer organizations and agribusiness. This forum provided an excellent networking opportunity to renew old acquaintances and make new friends within the agricultural community.

As part of their D.C. tour, Steever and Guse met with the South Dakota congressional delegation during a weekly “Sunrise Coffee” hosted by Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds and House Representative Kristi Noem. This event was also well attended by a number of South Dakotans hoping to connect with their congressional team. Thune, Rounds and Noem each shared brief remarks about current issues they are working on and their position on those issues. Later in the day they met with a member of Senator Rounds’ staff to discuss marketing of agricultural products internationally and the resources available to assist the agency’s efforts in this arena.

Capping off the day’s activities was the National Ag Day Banquet held at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, hosted by farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson. Michael Scuse, Undersecretary for the Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, delivered the keynote address to nearly 200 Ag Day participants. One of his key points was the need for agriculture to more aggressively communicate its story, in light of the issues of food safety, animal welfare, environmental stewardship and sustainability of agriculture for future generations.

Both Steever and Guse agree that Paulsen’s participation in National Ag Day activities is a way to show the agency’s commitment to agriculture and appreciation for the tremendous opportunities the ag industry has afforded Paulsen.

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As part of their National Ag Day activities, Paulsen Executive Vice President Greg Guse and President Sara Steever attended the Sunrise Coffee with the South Dakota delegation in Washington, D.C. Senator Thune, Senator Rounds and Representative Noem reported on current legislative activities and spoke individually with participants. Left to right: Senator Mike Rounds, Sara Steever, Senator John Thune, Greg Guse, Representative Kristi Noem.

The annual Agri-Pulse panel discussion and reception was hosted by (left to right) Allan Johnson, Marketing Director; Sara Wyant, Editor; and Jason Lutz, Marketing Assistant.

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