Emily Buck is passionate ag education, working to improve the public image of agriculture and dispel common myths. She’s translated that passion into a public policy career where she works to promote food policy to help feed the world.
Active in FFA, Emily served as the 2010-2011 Tennessee State FFA President, representing more than 13,000 FFA members across the state as she advocating for agricultural education. During that year, she led many leadership and communication workshops to help students improve themselves personally and to be able to better promote the industry. She was recognized for her hard work as a state officer with a Joint Resolution of Youth Achievement from the Tennessee Legislature.
Looking for opportunities to extend her educational activities, throughout college she collected children’s books about agriculture and read to elementary students each week as part of her sorority’s philanthropic focus. Not only did the students enjoy hearing her explain where their food comes from, her sorority sisters would sit and listen as well.
Following graduation, Emily accepted a position as a field representative with United States Representative Diane Black, where, she says, “Each day, I am inspired to be a positive influence on agricultural policy, so that we can one day live in a world where the food supply is abundant and children have access to high quality nutrition. I also hope to aid farmers in staying educated on the most efficient technologies to produce a safe and abundant food supply, while also working to make agricultural policy more effective, so the food chain is reliable at a global level.”
Looking to the future, Emily says, “I would love to see the agricultural industry take a more proactive approach to educating consumers and children about the technologies that we use to produce food. I also expect to see consumers wanting to be more involved in where their food comes from, a global effort to reduce food waste at the consumer level, increased transparency from retail venues, all while improving efficiency and sustainability at the production level.”
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