Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, will speak about “Agriculture in America Today” at 7 p.m., Nov. 15, in McCain Auditorium on the Kansas State University (KSU) campus. She will be the fall presenter in the Upson Lecture Series.
The event is free, and seating is first come, first served. Those who attend the lecture are encouraged to bring canned goods to the event, and the items will be donated to the Flint Hills Breadbasket. For more information, link here.
Since earning the Miss America crown, I have had the opportunity to visit with Scanlan on a few occasions, where it's quite evident she is a down-to-earth girl, grounded with common sense and a true appreciation for the people who raise our food. She is knowledgeable about agriculture and believes it's the backbone of our economy. You can read past interviews with Scanlan below.
“Can we feed a growing world population, fuel our economy, and still offer wholesome food choices to Americans? Sure, just as long as we avoid weakening the very infrastructure that makes it all possible," she says.
“The whole idea is to share the food production story. Many people don’t realize that agriculture is such a boost to the economy and is so important to our independence from other countries. Export markets immensely help our economy; that’s been proven over and over again. Agriculture is the heart and soul of the country and this economy, and there is no reason to put that in danger with stronger regulations and rules on our farmers. Understanding the impact agriculture has on our economy is something all American families can relate to,” Scanlan adds.
Let’s follow Scanlan’s example and put in 110% to share our story and introduce ourselves to our customers — a hungry nation and world!