One event I did enjoy this week was being able to attend the Pork Council's Professional Development Event. While there I was able to speak with many representatives from many areas of the pork industry. While I have no initial interest in pusuing a career in pork, I did have many interesting conversations regarding current policy issues, such as the the new WOTUS statute and GMO labling. Since CFSA represents many farmers and suporters of the alternative food movement, it is always intereting to speak with poeple offering a different perspective.
This week I was also attended a class held by CALS for Cooperative Extension agents, this weeks class was taught by my supervisor on how to identify and address policy issues. This was a great way to see how Cooperative Extension agents are involved in policy, and to see how these individuals are standing up for issues in their communities.
Another great event I attended was put on by the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, Gathering for Good. This event is held monthly and brings in many non-profit leaders to discuss a variety of topics. This past months meeting was about the Future of Leadership, and included two key speakers who presented on value-based leadership, a theme that the Leadership Challenge also discusses. It was great to network with individuals in the non-profit sector, as that is an interest of mine, and to hear all the interesting topics people were conversing about.
Hopfully this week can be just as full and exciting!