As I've been following comments related to the ag study, I've seen little mention of local agriculture.  We know that "all politics is local;"  the same can be said for agriculture.  Using the general guidelines of the scope of the LWVUS study for topic guidance , having some local speakers tell about what's going on in your local League area--and even in your state --will serve as valuable background for the national study.  Even if everything discussed doesn't directly relate to a consensus question, the information will give your members good general background and probably create more interest in agriculture than the more general content necessary for a national study.

 Another suggestion is to look at your local and state agriculture positions that currently exist, as well as the current national agriculture position.  This is a good opportunity both for further education of your membership on agriculture, as well as on program.  What can you already advocate based on current positions?  What areas do you have locally that need further study--not likely to be covered when the LWVUS study is complete? Why did LWVUS need an update?  While some  of us know the answers to those questions, I would submit that many do not.

There is much local Leagues can do in conjunction with the LWVUS materials that have been suggested and will be forthcoming.  Take advantage of  the "local" aspect that this study can generate.  It's a "two-fer."  While preparing for consensus nationally, we can also become more informed locally.

Karen Nicholson, Texas

LWVUS Director; Chair, Ed Fund Committee