Tennessee House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-Portland) has recommended Sumner County’s Austin Parker to serve on the Agriculture Education and Youth Participation Task Force.
Created with passage of House Bill 945 during the 2019 legislative session, the task force is designed to encourage and promote agricultural education opportunities so our students are better prepared for successful careers in the agriculture industry.
A rising senior at Station Camp High School in Gallatin, Parker holds the state FFA degree and will soon receive his 4-H Volunteer State degree, giving him the highest state recognition from both organizations. Parker’s agricultural focus includes showing livestock, participating in a variety of judging teams, and serving in various leadership roles within both organizations.
“I am pleased to recommend Austin to serve on this task force and I know his passion for and knowledge of agriculture will only grow through this unique experience,” said Lamberth. “We are proud of Austin’s many accomplishments and his emerging leadership in the agriculture industry, and I know he will do a great job as a member of this task force.”
“I am excited to be appointed to this task force and am eager to meet some of my peers in the agriculture industry,” said Parker. “Our work together will increase agriculture education opportunities across this state.”
The Agriculture Education & Youth Participation Task Force will analyze and make recommendations on various topics, such as agricultural education structure and delivery in Tennessee; emerging fields in agriculture and the training and knowledge required for advancement in those fields; and integrating agricultural education and agricultural career readiness goals into the Tennessee Pathways initiative.