Congressman Evans shines a light on Saul High School and the Agriculture Secretary Takes Notice
Last week, Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) meet with United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. A few days after their meeting, Secretary Perdue spoke at the 90th National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, IN and highlighted Walter Biddle Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences in Roxborough, PA in his remarks.
“As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, people often ask me how many farms I have in my District, I always turn the question around and say it’s more about how many consumers I have in my District,” Congressman Evans said. “It is incumbent upon us to build the next generation of leaders in our Agricultural Industry. I am proud to represent the only agricultural high school in our Commonwealth, Saul High School in Roxborough, which is working with students, parents and teachers to do just that!”
Last week Secretary of Agricultural Sonny Perdue highlighted Saul High School at the National FFA Convention when he said:
“There’s a growing interest and emphasis on agricultural programs in urban schools. There’s a real demand out there for people who didn’t have the opportunity to grow up on a farm to understand where our food comes from. Learning about agriculture is no longer just for the young person on farms in rural areas. Let me give you an example – just this past week, I was meeting with a Member of Congress, his name is Dwight Evans, he represents an urban Philadelphia district and he was telling me with such pride about the Walter Biddle Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences. You ever heard of that? I had not, but he tells me it is the largest agricultural farm school in the United States. 130 acre working farm with FFA there. It is the largest single chapter in the U.S. at the Saul Agricultural School in Philadelphia. Students there launched “ewetube,” did you know that? That’s where “ewetube” started. Their “ewetube” was spelled e-w-e-tube, and they also did Phillywatch so they can teach their colleagues and kids across America and Philadelphia about livestreaming channels on the internet to showcase the lamb and colt programs which includes the streaming of live births. At some of the fairs around the country, that’s been a very popular thing. People wait there for hours to see that and you can watch it right there on “ewetube.” So that’s pretty creative. We look for more of those to come along. So students face stiff competition in Philadelphia to be admitted. So FFA is just not for Rural America, it’s for America.”
“I am committed to bringing Food Policy and Farm Policy to the national stage by raising the consciousness and dialogue on these critically important issues. I commend Secretary Perdue for shinning an important spotlight on how schools in the Second District are working to build a stronger tomorrow each and every day,” Evans said.
Congressman Evans visiting with students and teachers earlier this month at Saul High School in Roxborough, PA.
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