About Leaders Conference

The AFA Leaders Conference provides support for college men and women who are preparing for careers in agriculture-related fields, while at the same time supporting the development of human capital for the agriculture and food industry. Leaders Conference bridges the gap between academic, leadership and work experiences while helping students understand the impact of their decisions. The conference also assists students in developing personal and professional skills necessary for lifelong success and provides a forum for updates and discussions on industry trends. Students are given the opportunity to network with peers and leaders in the agriculture industry as well as increase their excitement about the future of agriculture by creating awareness about career opportunities in agriculture.

A Four-Track Program

The AFA Leaders Conference is a four-track program designed to offer college men and women four different personal and professional development opportunities spread across and matched to their years in college.


Conference sessions are facilitated by more than 150 nationally recognized leaders in agriculture, business, government and education. Delegates have the opportunity to expand their personal and professional portfolios through discussions and training sessions with industry leaders. These leaders and mentors draw on their personal experiences as they participate in conference discussion sessions.


2014 Information

November 6-9, 2014
Kansas City, Mo.

For Students:

Student Sponsorship Information

Cancellation Policy

For Student Sponsors:

Collegiate Sponsor Information

Industry Sponsor Information

Industry Participation:

AFA Opportunity Fair

Leader in Agriculture Award Dinner

AFA Opportunity Fair

An important component of the Leaders Conference, the AFA Opportunity Fair, provides a unique environment for human resource representatives to communicate, advocate and mentor AFA students about opportunities available within the industry. Corporations, associations and colleges/universities representing the span of the industry recruit AFA students for internships, full-time employment and graduate studies.


Future Dates

Future AFA Leaders Conferences are already on the calendar!  The dates are as follows:

  • 2015: November 5-8
  • 2016: November 3-6
  • 2017: November 2-5
  • 2018: November 1-4
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