It’s called Congressional Visits Day. But the name doesn’t share the excitement, stress or desire of those participating in the recent opportunity to advocate for the protection of science funding.
Overall, the idea is pretty simple: federal funding for scientific research is essential for many reasons and the benefits extend far beyond the important work being done in schools and labs. It also creates jobs.
Members and leaders of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, along with the top graduate students from around the country answered the challenge to have their voices heard. Click on the headline to continue reading a first-hand account of the visits as written by the Societies Science Communications Manager Teri Barr.
(Photo at Congressional Visits Day 2012: from left, American Society of Agronomy President Ken Barbarick with Colorado State University, Senior Lab Agronomist, Certified Crop Advisor and American Society of Agronomy Member Fred Vocasek with Servi-Tech Laboratories in Kansas, Colorado State University Student Grace Lloyd Miner, and Colorado 4th District Representative Cory Gardner)