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.

NatureFresh Summer Intern Position

NatureFresh is seeking a summer intern to join their Greenhouse Education Center Team.  To apply, login to Handshake and select Job # 673268 Greenhouse Education Center Team Member.

In A Nut Shell – If you think you can sell ice to Eskimos, then this summer job is for you. We are on a mission to increase fresh produce consumption across North America and need like-minded people to join our team to promote our message. With a simple message of “Do you know where your produce comes from and how it is grown?” as the icebreaker, the icing on the cake is showing them how we grow at NatureFresh™ Farms. Standing in front of the Greenhouse Education Center is an awesome experience that helps change people’s perceptions of how greenhouse produce is grown. Spend 5 minutes with a customer and you can create a connection that lasts a lifetime. Up for the job? Love to travel and see new parts of the country? This will be a summer to remember and will look great on your resume!

Training – Apply what you have learned in school to real life situations; get the practical experience you are looking for to build your skillset. We will train you in our state of the art greenhouse facilities in Ontario & Ohio to prepare you for your summer adventure!

Education – Currently enrolled or recently graduated from an accredited College or University in USA/Canada studying in the fields of Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture, Agri-Science, Agri-Business, Marketing Communications or related field of study.

Position Requirements – An outgoing individual who can engage with the public to educate them about the value & how greenhouse vegetables are grown; must be a team player that can also work autonomously; strong communication & interpersonal skills with the ability to articulate an idea is essential; socially connected and digitally savvy with an ability to create conversation; strong MS Office & social media skills with previous customer service employment experience is an asset.

Primary Function – An integral member of the Greenhouse Education Center (GEC) Street Team that assists with the execution of Event Day Operations to promote the GEC to the general community; to encourage people to eat more fresh produce; engages with retail store employees/customers & general consumers to educate them on how greenhouse vegetables are grown.

The Nature Conservancy- Job Opening

The Nature Conservancy in Maryland/DC is currently hiring an Agricultural Specialist to be part of our conservation team on the Eastern Shore.  This is a terrific opportunities to make significant contributions to conservation and agriculture in the mid-Atlantic and beyond.

The Agricultural Specialist is a mid-level position that will join a diverse team of conservation professionals aimed at working collaboratively with agricultural, industry, government, and conservation partners to identify and implement projects that will improve water quality and habitat in a way that supports regional agriculture.  The Agricultural Specialist will facilitate meetings, trainings, and outreach efforts of the Chesapeake 4R Alliance, a collaboration among agribusinesses, farmers, government agencies, conservation groups and scientists working to ensure that every nutrient application on Delmarva is consistent with the 4Rs – the right nutrient source, applied at the right rate, at the right time, in the right place and seek opportunities to advance priority actions identified by the Alliance.  They will address critical threats to natural systems, foster cross-site learning among Chesapeake 4R Alliance partners, and implement collaborative solutions with the agriculture community to achieve water quality and habitat outcomes.  The Agricultural Specialist will coordinate multiple projects, set deadlines, and manage projects to completion.

The full job announcement can be found here:  https://careers.nature.org/psp/tnccareers/APPLICANT/APPL/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=45037&PostingSeq=1

Position at Frontier Scientific at the DuPont Stine-Haskell Research Center

Associate Biologist in Agriculture

Employment Type: Part Time
We are seeking an individual with a background in Biology, Agriculture, or related field. The successful candidate will work in a production facility that implements work orders for assembly of various types of greenhouse pots containing soils and seeds. Delivery and set-up of test units in greenhouses is also required.  Responsibilities include assembly line work and controlled environment work.  All employees are required to adhere to specified safety policies and procedural controls. This position requires reliability, flexibility, commitment to detail, and ability to manage complex tasks.


  • Prepare soils for use on assembly lines
  • Assist in the assembly of test units for biological assay
  • General maintenance of work area
  • Delivery of assembled test units
  • Perform research projects to improve processes and production
  • Procedural compliance with SOPs
  • Safety Compliance


  • Background in Biology, Agriculture, or related field
  • Basic computer skills such as knowledge of Microsoft Office and Windows operating systems
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and operations
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to keep track of the progress of multiple tasks and operations within the facility while simultaneously managing your own work.
  • Communication and team work skills
  • Strong data management skill

If you have questions, please contact Tony Guida, site manager, below:

Tony Guida, Site Manager
Frontier Scientific, Inc.
Office Location: DuPont Stine-Haskell Research Center
1090 Elkton Road, S220/103
Newark, DE 19711
Cell: 302-545-5309
Office: 302-451-5737

2016 CANR Summer Institute Research and Education Experiences

The UD CANR is offering summer research and education experiences to undergraduates (both UD and non-UD students) who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in the agricultural, natural resource, or life sciences. During the 10-week Summer Institute, students will work closely with CANR researchers on projects that will provide “real-world” experiences in scientific careers. Participation in the Summer Institute is awarded through a competitive application process and preference in admission is accorded to applicants who come from underrepresented populations, as part of the University’s goal to create a diverse learning environment.

Interested students should visit the CANR Summer Institute website: canr.udel.edu/canrsi,  for further details and the link to the online application. The deadline is 5:00 PM, Thursday, March 3. E-mail CANR Summer Institute Program Coordinator Maria Pautler with questions.

Scholarship Announcement

Western Reserve Herb Society

The Western Reserve Herb Society is pleased to award two (2) undergraduate scholarships for the year 2016-2017.

Frances Sylvia Zverina Scholarship – $10,000.00 Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:

  • American citizen
  • Undergraduate attending an accredited US college or university
  • In need of financial assistance for education
  • Student in horticulture or related field
  • Career goals include teaching, research, or sustainable agriculture
  • Applicant must have completed two years of undergraduate study by August 2016

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2016
Apply for Scholarship


Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarship – $7,750 Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements:

  • American citizen
  • Ohio resident attending an accredited Ohio or out-of-state institution
  • Undergraduate who has completed one year of college
  • In need of financial assistance for education
  • Student in horticulture or a related field such as agriculture or landscape architecture
  • Career goals include teaching, research, sustainable agriculture
  • Applicant must have completed one year of undergraduate study by August 2016

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2016
Apply for Scholarship