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.
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.
Deadline to apply: Friday, May 12th.