Leader Development for Agriculture Students 2017 AFA Leaders Conference Theme Announced

When you bring together talented, motivated young minds, they will push each other to even greater heights. Those who are intrapreneurial – innovating wherever they are – never settle for the status quo. Instead they continue building and pushing for the next breakthrough.

This concept ideals prompted the Agriculture Future of America student leaders to select the theme “Soar: Reach New Heights” for the 2017 AFA Leaders Conference.

“’Soar: Reach New Heights’ means to take on new opportunities, expand your horizons and go above and beyond in areas where you didn’t think you were capable,” said Max Mielke, AFA Student Advisory Team member from Washington State University.

This year’s event will be Nov. 2-5 in Kansas City, Missouri. College students are selected to attend this 4-Track Conference program through a competitive application process. Each Track corresponds to a student’s year in school and previous Conference attendance. Track 1 is all freshman students; Track 2 is sophomore and junior students; Track 3 juniors and seniors and Track 4 seniors. Each Track is built around a core AFA leader development competency:  self-assessment, communication, change management and lifelong learning.

“With all of us coming together and working together for common goals, we can really reach new heights within agriculture and grow personally and professional to make our industry the best it can possibly be,” said Jaime Luke, AFA Student Advisory Team member from the University of Missouri.

Industry sponsorship applications are now open to students pursuing careers in agriculture and food. Sponsorship covers program registration, curriculum materials, lodging and meals. Travel is not included. Applications for Tracks 1-3 are due Sept. 11. To learn more about Conference, or to access the application, visit www.agfuture.org/conference.

Student application 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

This year, AFA will select 800 students from across the nation to attend Conference. Last year’s delegation represented 43 states and 88 colleges and universities. Delegates gain valuable experience 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, allows students to explore internship, job, study abroad and graduate school opportunities.

Apply to be a UD Social Media Ambassador!

The University’s Social Media Ambassador program, overseen by UD’s social media team in Communications and Marketing, is a unique and fun opportunity for students to gain professional social media experience before graduating. Follow the current #UDSMA conversation by subscribing to this Twitter list.
Students from all majors interested in social media, blogging, video production, marketing, photography and event planning are invited to apply. Applications for Fall 2017 are open now until May 26.

Apply Now!

Blue Hen Birding Club News

The Blue Hen Birding Club recently earned second place in the NJ Audubon Ambassadors category for the World Series of Birding! Congrats to team members, and CANR students, Katie Bird, Billy Kaselow, Patrick Carney, and Becca Ralston.  The group was limited to just Cape May county and saw 127 species, while also successfully raising almost $800 for NJ Audubon by participating in the event.

Paid Internship Working with Real Blue Hens

This summer, the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will offer (2 – 3) students the opportunity to get a paid, hands-on learning experience with live blue hens from the UD flock!

These students will work with the birds on the UD farm starting in the summer in order to be ready to have the birds on display and educate the public on blue hens at six UD home football games in the fall at the President’s tent.

Students must be able to commit to working a minimum of three hours at each of the UD home games slated for:

Thursday, August 31;
Saturday, September 16;
Saturday, September 30;
Saturday, October 14;
Saturday, October 21; and
Saturday, November 11.

Students interested in working with blue hens over the summer and educating the public on all the facts surrounding Delaware’s state bird in the fall should e-mail Bob Alphin at ralphin@udel.edu or call (302) 831-0825.

Intern Position with Delaware River Basin Commission

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is seeking an intern to work in the Water Resource Planning Section to help improve the commission’s data analysis capabilities.
The paid internship is available for approximately 30 hours/week, May – August 2017.

Job Duties Include:

  • Populating the commission’s integrated database;
  • Researching up-to-date contact information for permittees;
  • Reviewing older approvals to determine their current status; and
  • Gathering and recording locational data for permits.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should send a resume to Kent Barr at Kent.Barr@drbc.nj.gov by May 15, 2017.

http://www.nj.gov/drbc/home/spotlight/approved/20170502_internship.html

Environmental Program Manager Position with DNREC

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is hiring an Environmental Program Manager.  This position will manage, develop and oversee the implementation of outreach, K-12, public education, community engagement, and technical assistance programs for the Delaware Coastal Programs Section. Position leads and develops mission driven programming for a range of audiences that translates science and packages information to promote learning, action, and decision-making.

Position will assist with writing and administrating grants and associated budgets, strategic planning and directly supervise a team consisting of full time staff, part time seasonal employees, interns and volunteers.

Apply Here: https://www.jobaps.com/DE/sup/BulPreview.asp?R1=050517&R2=MGCD01&R3=400100

Application deadline is May 19th.

Produce Marketing Association Career Pathways Program

Interested in learning how to put your technology, engineering, business or liberal arts degree to work?  The Center for Growing Talent by PMA is offering a unique program to UD students called “Career Pathways Program” in conjunction with the New England Produce Council (NEPC) Annual Produce and Floral Expo.

This year’s Career Pathways program will be held Monday, September 11 – September 13, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.  A faculty advisor will accompany students on this trip.  Selected students will be interviewed immediately upon applying.

This is an all-expense paid opportunity (housing, meals and transportation) for you to learn about a myriad of career opportunities within the produce & floral industry.  It an awesome opportunity to network with over 200 employers, attend professional development workshops, etc.  Attendees will be assigned a senior level manager to serve as your mentor during the Expo.

All majors are welcome to apply.  If interested, log into Handshake and apply for Job # 741715

This is not a permanent job…it is an experiential learning opportunity for you to learn about the myriad of career opportunities in the produce industry.  There is no GPA requirement necessary to participate in this event.

Previous participant, Courtney Mainwaring 18’ stated:

Attending the New England Produce Council’s Produce and Floral Expo through the Produce Marketing Association Foundation in Cape Cod, Massachusetts was an incredibly valuable experience! I learned more about the produce industry–its culture, employment opportunities, challenges, etc. — networked with experienced and passionate professionals (ranging from producers to distributors to brokers), met and connected with students from other universities, and toured a local organic farm. Each day, the PMA Foundation scheduled lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities surrounding education about the produce industry. They also paired us each with a mentor to walk the expo floor with on the last day. I am honored to be able to share the connections I have made with other UD students and aid them in finding a job in the produce industry- whether they study agriculture, business, or even psychology!

Click on the link below to learn what UD students had to say about the Pathway program.

http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2015/jun/pma-tech-knowledge-062315.html

Deadline to apply:  Friday, May 12th.

National Grocers Association Scholarship

The National Grocers Association is excited to present the Research and Education Foundation’s 2017 Scholarship Program! This scholarship program is designed for strong students with at least a 2.5 GPA who have identified a passion for the independent grocery industry. Candidates may apply on the website here: http://www.nationalgrocers.org/docs/default-source/0—default-library/2017-foundation-scholarship-application.pdf?sfvrsn=2