National Tour visits Capitol Hill this spring
The trailer rolled into place before dawn while the streets of Washington, D.C., were still dark and quiet. That early start was one of the conditions from the National Parks Board on being able to bring the HungerU Tour to the National Mall, right in front of the U.S. Capitol.
Building on National Ag Day’s theme of "Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed," the Farm Journal Foundation’s hunger-fighting platform, Farmers Feeding the World (FFW), brought the tour to town.
Despite the snow, HungerU’s young ambassadors were able to talk with visitors from the agricultural community, as well as those vacationing in Washington, D.C., for spring break. "Snow or sleet, people have to eat." was the good-natured theme of the day for the tour team.
Meanwhile, inside the Capitol, the founding FFW Farm Team advocates, representing Indiana, South Dakota and Minnesota, made their first Hill visits. The discussions with key lawmakers focused on agriculture’s role in the fight against world hunger.
The Farm Team trio included Joe Caffee, Berne, Ind.; Ken Huebsch, New York Mills, Minn.; and Lee Lubbers, Gregory, S.D.
The passionate farmer leaders returned to their home states, prepared to recruit other farmers to join the cause.
At the end of the day, the HungerU team packed the trailer and headed out when the streets were quiet again.
Supported by DuPont Crop Protection, SFP and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the tour has traveled to more than 38 college campuses since fall 2012. The spring 2014 tour culminates its present nine-state swing on Mother’s Day weekend, May 9-10, with a special stop at the Kansas Motor Speedway. For more information, visit www.hungeru.com.