|The 97th National Block and Bridle Convention was held March 31 - April 2, 2017 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The meeting theme was Scientific Voice in Agriculture. Greg Krahn and Dr. Jodi Sterle escorted forty students to Washington D.C. for the convention.
While at the convention, the group visited an oyster farm, alpaca farm and a dairy farm in Maryland. Participants listened to multiple break out sessions from industry professionals about social media, communicating with consumers and how to use their voices as scientists. Students were able to experience agriculture in another part of the country as well as network with industry professionals and other Block & Bridle members from all over the nation. Besides convention activities, the group was able to get a tour of the White House because an ISU Block & Bridle Club member, Ashley Steele, is from the D.C. area and her father works there in secret service.
ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Animal Science, Heartland Co-op, a grant provided through Dr. Sterle and ISU Block & Bridle sponsored the trip. Each year, the convention is hosted by different University's that participate in Block & Bridle. Iowa State University looks forward to hosting the 100th Annual National Block & Bridle Convention in Ames in 2020.
Pictured below: Block and Bridle Club Seniors who attended the convention