- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Future Farmers of America members met with senators recently: (left to right) Mariah Machart and Emily Nielsen, both of Culbertson, Sen. Jon Tester, Meaghan Raw of Clyde Park and Cory Shick of Laurel. (Submitted photo)
Two Future Farmers of America members from Culbertson met members of the Montana Congressional delegation when they recently visited Washington, D.C., for the FFA Washington Leadership Conference.
During the five-day event, they learned how to become effective leaders with a focus on how to value people, how to take action and how to serve others.
Mariah Machart and Emily Nielsen, both of Culbertson, were among four Montana FFA members who met with Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh.
Machart and Nielsen, along with Meaghan Raw of Clyde Park and Cory Shick of Laurel discussed Montana agricultural education programs and the value of public service with the senators.
“The students asked some really great questions and showed a real interest in public service, taking care of our veterans and stopping bullying in our schools,” Walsh said. “Montana should be proud of these young people for their dedication to bettering our communities, state and country.”
“I always enjoy sitting down with Montana’s FFA students to hear their stories and share a few of my own,” said Tester, a farmer from Big Sandy. “Agriculture plays an important role in our state, and it’s reassuring to know the next generation of Montana farmers are ready to step forward and strengthen our economy and their communities.”