2010 Washington, D.C. Trip
In March 2010, three of the four NOYF National Winners traveled to Washington, D.C., for National Ag Day. While in D.C.,
the group met with Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack as well as touring the city and visiting other government officials. Steve
and Teresa Moore (OH 2009), Bruce and Helle Ruddenklau (OR 2009), and Brent and Luann Johnson (IA 2009) were able to attend
the event, while Willy and Holly Sytsema (NJ 2009) were unable to attend due to an unexpected cancellation of hired help.
Click HERE to find out about the opportunities the 2009 winners had to represent the OFA and promote agriculture.
Row 1: The 2009 Winners visited the Williamsburg Room at USDA; Steve and Terea Moore (OH 2009) in front
of the White House; the 2009 Winners with OFA President Scott and Peggy Hildebrandt in front of the USDA building.
Row 2: The 2009 Winners visited with Gerald A. Bange, Phd Chairman of World Agricultural Outlook Board,
Office of the Chief Economist;
Jonathan Coppess, Administrator, Farm Service Agency; Michael Scuse, Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural
Services; and Secretary of Ag Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary of Ag Kathleen Merrigan.
Row 3: Bruce & Helle Ruddenklau (OR 2009) in front of the White House; Brent and LuAnn Johnson (IA 2009) in front
of the White House; Brent and LuAnn Johnson (IA 2009) being interviewed for the Ag Day Blog (Click HERE to read the interview)