The leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee have formed a new caucus they say will be aimed at supporting the work of teachers and parents of students currently enrolled in agricultural education curriculums across the country.

Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and the committee's ranking member, John Boozman, R-Ark., announced Tuesday the creation of the Senate FFA Caucus. The move comes as the organization, which currently boasts more than 735,000 members across the country, celebrates its annual National FFA Week, which runs through Feb. 26.

Stabenow said the organization “prepares our youth to be leaders both on and off the farm, and I am glad we can come together on a bipartisan basis to support the next generation of agriculture leaders.”

Boozman said the creation of the caucus “will help our colleagues highlight the participants and alumni who are making a difference in their states, share those success stories with a larger audience and encourage more involvement from our nation’s youth.”

A bipartisan House caucus championed by Reps. Tracey Mann, R-Kan., and Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., was announced in December. That group currently boasts 20 members.  

“We know FFA members are not only our future leaders, but they are the ones who will continue to fill the talent pipeline in the industry of agriculture,” FFA CEO Scott Stump said. “It is exciting to be able to share this message with a broader audience through this Senate caucus.”

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