By ROBERT A. DEFRANK

News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ – Harrison Central High School students talked about the future of farming Monday, Oct. 18, when they were paid a visit by Michael Scuse, USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, including Foreign Agricultural Service, the Farm Service Agency, and Risk Management Agency. Scuse held a public assembly for 106 students, seven through 12th grades to discuss the future of agriculture and Ohio’s proud farming legacy.

“We need to get that next generation involved in agriculture,” he said, adding that there are many opportunities in farming, research, and sales. “There’s so much going on with agriculture.”

FFA students asked questions about Scuse’s responsibilities and the new horizons in the field including alternate and renewable energy such as ethanol.

They asked about the produce imported and exported by the United States, as well as regulations and their possible effect on the future. They also wanted to know about the Gulf Coast spill and possible repercussions on aquaculture. “They posed some really good questions,” Scuse said, adding he was impressed by the group and by Don Jones, FFA advisor and Ag instructor. “That shows he’s doing an outstanding job at the school.” Scuse said. “School agriculture programs and the FFA are extremely important. Most people are a generation removed from farming. It’s up to these young people to get the message out to consumers.” More information regarding the visit and area agriculture is available in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.