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Barton native savored D.C. experience

April 4, 2014
Pierce County Tribune

Barton native Joshua Stutrud was one just 40 delegates from the entire country to represent Agriculture Future of America in Washington D.C. for National Ag Day on March 25.

Stutrud, a senior at North Dakota State University, will graduate in December with a degree in crop and wheat science and a minor in agribusiness. He applied for a scholarship to make the trip from March 23-26 and was granted the all-expenses paid trip to Capitol Hill.

Stutrud met North Dakota's congressional delegation and members of the top ag lobby groups like the National Association of Wheat Growers and National Farmers Insurance Union.

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Barton native Joshua Stutrud (right) met with Rep. John Hoeven, R-N.D., on National Ag Day in Washington D.C. Also pictured is North Dakota FFA vice president Katie Vculek.

"It was a fun experience to see how the legislative process works and get a more in-depth look at how policy is made, rather than just here's a bill should we pass it," Stutrud said.

Stutrud has looked a internship possibilities in D.C., but intends to return to his family's farm where they grow grain and have a cow-calf operation.

"Policy is much more difficult to implement than what most people understand or think," Stutrud said. "It's very easy to complain about what policies are and aren't in place, but, on the other hand, when you talk to these people and understand the process, it takes awhile to get things moving through the government."

Stutrud believes he may one day be a part of the solution and run for office.



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