With more than 100,000 new farmers needed over the next few years, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack challenged the National FFA Organization’s young leaders. “I would like you, with your fellow students and the adult leadership of the organization, to develop a series of recommendations around the upcoming Farm Bill that will encourage more young people to pursue careers in farming,” Vilsack said.

It was a challenge that the 2011/2012 national FFA officer team took seriously. The students immediately got to work– framing key questions, consulting with FFA members, engaging leaders in agriculture, compiling input and formulating recommendations.