Mikayla Davidson is our spotlight ambassador for this week. Last week we went to the Texas Capitol to learn more about how we can be a positive influence on the laws that affect our everyday lives.
My name is Mikayla Davidson, I am 17 years old and a junior at Apple Springs High School. For the past 9 years I have shown both goats and lambs. When I first learned of the Texas. 4-H Livestock Ambassador program over 5 years ago I knew it was something I must pursue.
Recently, the Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassadors were afforded the opportunity to spend a day at the Texas Capital in Austin. At this event, Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassadors like myself talked with elected officials, gained knowledge on current agriculture issues, and discussed the legislative process for House Bills and Resolutions. Representatives shared with the ambassadors about their experiences at the capital. Trent Ashby, Representative for District 57, is a proud supporter of agriculture and its impact on the lives of the families he represents. Politics play an important role in the promotion, consideration, and expansion of agriculture. Advocating to the general public about food choices, production practices, and the science behind growing high-quality, safe, and healthy foods helps build a knowledge base between voters, our senators and representatives, and the agriculture community.
The program has given me the opportunity to participate in college level instruction, learn communication skills to advocate for agriculture, and advanced my leadership skills. I couldn’t imagine my life without the deep-rooted influence of agriculture, livestock exhibiting, and the value that the Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador program has added to my knowledge, passion and future. The ambassador program has helped myself develop the citizenship, speaking, and organizational skills that I draw on to this day in all of my leadership roles with the Trinity County 4-H Council, as an officer of the East County 4-H Club, President of the Texas Junior Livestock Association Goat Division, and as the McGee Bend FFA District Secretary.