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AFA Attendees

AFA attendees

Each November, more than 800 students from across the county arrive in Kansas City to participate in the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Annual Leadership Conference.  FCS Financial has sponsored this event for many years, but in 2019 increased that support to include the sponsorship of two scholarships for Missouri students.

“The first time I attended the event on behalf of FCS Financial, I was blown away at the caliber of students in the room with me. Every time I walk away from this conference, I have no doubt that the future of agriculture is extremely strong,” says Kate Lambert, FCS Financial director of education. 

The two students FCS Financial sponsored were selected by the AFA organization. Those students were Nick McCleave from Harrisonville and Kendra Betz from Trenton. McCleave, a sophomore at the University of Missouri, is studying accounting.  Betz, a freshman at Missouri State University, is studying Agricultural Business Management. 

 “I wanted to attend the AFA conference because of the great reviews I heard from both my professors and older students from MSU,” said Betz. “I learned a ton of great tips while I was there about resume building, interview skills, and even proper dining etiquette.”

FCS Financial will continue to support AFA’s mission of “building transformational leaders for food and agriculture”.  For information on applying to attend the 2020 conference, please visit AFA’s website at

Photo: Theo Rieckhoff, Kendra Betz, Sydney Meek, and Mathew Huchteman attended the 2019 AFA Annual Leadership Conference.

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