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Students can now apply for sponsorship to Agriculture Future of America’s annual personal and professional development conference. The 2013 AFA Leaders Conference will be held Nov. 7-10 in Kansas City, Mo.

Since 1997, AFA has hosted the AFA Leaders Conference to provide unique opportunities to college men and women pursuing agricultural careers. Through the generosity of AFA’s partners, students can apply for Conference sponsorship, which covers program registration, curriculum materials, lodging and meals. Travel is not included.

As a four-track program, Conference offers four different learning opportunities, complementing the student’s year in college. Track 1 focuses on industry and self-assessment and assists freshman students with developing fundamental soft skills crucial for success in college and their careers. Track 2 equips sophomores with communication skills. Track 3 prepares juniors and seniors to live and work in a global market and manage change. Track 4 is a capstone experience for seniors who have attended Track 3. Focusing on lifelong learning, Track 4 is a highly interactive, participant-directed program, including extensive executive mentoring opportunities.

Each year, AFA welcomes over 500 students from across the nation to Conference. Last year’s delegation represented 33 states, 78 colleges and universities and 97 majors and degree programs. Delegates gain valuable experiences and relationships through opportunities to network with each other and industry professionals. Conference boasts a 3:1 student to industry professional ratio. The AFA Opportunity Fair, held in conjunction with Conference, connects students to internship, job, study abroad and graduate school opportunities.

Conference sponsorship is a $1,000 value. Applications are due September 6. To learn more or access the application, please visit

Student eligibility requirements:

  • Recommended 3.0 GPA or higher

  • Undergraduate student status

  • Age 17-25

  • Attending a four-year institution or articulate plans to obtain a four-year degree

  • Possess a passion for agriculture

  • Plans to pursue a career in agriculture

If your organization is interested in partnering with AFA to support student involvement in programs such as AFA Leaders Conference please contact Mark Stewart at

Colleges and universities have the opportunity to sponsor student participation at a discounted rate. If your institution has not sponsored students in the past, special opportunities exist. Please contact Derek Mulhern at for more information.

AFA’s mission is to create partnerships that identify, encourage and support outstanding college men and women who are preparing for careers in the agriculture and food industry. With student participation increasing 70 percent in the last five years, AFA leader development programs have impacted 9,000 college leaders and young professionals from more than 200 colleges and universities throughout 43 states since its inception in 1996. AFA has awarded more than $8 million in academic and leader development scholarships. For more information about AFA, visit or contact Megan Karlin at

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