The purpose of the Wisconsin Agriculture Youth Council is to encourage young people to engage with state government and increase their awareness of DATCP's interactions with Wisconsin's agriculture industry.
The four goals of the Wisconsin Agriculture Youth Council are:
Highlight the agricultural-related career opportunities available including those in government
Share the state tools available to support Wisconsin farmers
Provide insight on how to effectively engage in state agricultural policy development
Increase networking opportunities for participants across the agricultural industry
2021-2022 Wisconsin Agriculture Youth Council
The Wisconsin Agriculture Youth Council will be comprised of 15 Wisconsin high school seniors, with the goal of at least one member from each of the nine Council districts. The remaining seats will be filled with at-large members. Students will serve a one-year term and receive a certificate at the completion of their year.
Wisconsin Agriculture Youth Council District Map
Self-nominations were accepted through March 31, 2021. Students completed an application form, sharing their experience and skills and writing a brief essay. Applicants also submitted a one-minute video and letter of recommendation.
Council members were selected based on their submitted materials and plan to meet the determined goals. Members will be representative of the state’s geographic and agricultural diversity.
The eight virtual sessions are expected to be held on the third Thursday of each month, beginning in September 2021. The date of the final May event is to be determined. A proposed schedule will be shared with members after selection.
Council members are expected to attend eight monthly 90-minute virtual sessions and one final event involving the DATCP Board. Members must prepare at least one question prior to each session, and complete a survey after each session. All Council members will also complete a final written reflection about their experience.
For each session, members will rotate serving in three leadership roles. The schedule for the rotation will be determined at the first meeting. They are:
Chair: Introduce and thank the speakers
Vice Chair: Initiate the question and answer period and encourage others to ask questions
Secretary: Take notes and provide a summary to DATCP for distribution to the membership