Recently the class had the former secretary of agriculture come and speak about the history of agriculture in the area but also touched on some state perspectives when it comes to national farming. Having that different perspective come and talk about some of the thoughts and ideas that go with agriculture on a nationwide level was another great subject to learn about. Delmarva being what he referred to as a foodshed really brought things into a different light and made me think about the importance of our small state’s contribution. He also provided more in-depth history about where agriculture has come from in our area and painted a picture of where it is going. One of the most interesting things he talked about in my opinion was the young farmers program where young qualified individuals can receive large amounts of support from the government to get new farms up and running. Insights like this can definitely help grow the industry and inspire the next generation of farmers.