Delegate Sponsorship

The future demands that America’s agricultural workforce be talented men and women with strong credentials in education, leadership and work experience. Agriculture Future of America is committed to helping individuals who are passionate about agriculture (or just finding their interest in agriculture) develop their talent and become the human capital that organizations desire to employ.

AFA provides support to future leaders in agriculture from across the country through the AFA Leader Development Program. As an element to this program, the AFA Leaders Conference is a four-track program designed to offer college men and women three different personal and professional development opportunities spread across and matched to their years in college.

Apply for Track 1-3. Applications are due Sept. 11, 2015.


Apply for Track 4. Only students who have been through Track 3 are eligible to attend Track 4. Applications are due July 31, 2015. 

 Sponsor Students

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All registrations sponsorships include program registration and materials, lodging and meals throughout the Conference. This is a $1,000 value. Travel, parking or ground transportation is not included. Specific sponsorship opportunities are available for career interests and ethnic diversity. For information about all sponsorship requirements, view Eligibility Requirements. Applications typically become available in late Spring, with the application deadline being in early September.

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Thank You to Our Delegate Sponsors

AFA’s vision is to be a catalyst in the preparation of a new generation of leaders. We thank the following delegate sponsors for their continued support of our leader development programs:

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is the world leader in BioEnergy and has a premier position in the agricultural processing value chain. ADM is one of the world’s largest processors of soybeans, corn, wheat and cocoa. ADM is a leading manufacturer of biodiesel, ethanol, soybean oil and meal, corn sweeteners, flour and other value-added food and feed ingredients. Headquartered in Decatur, Illinois, ADM has over 26,000 employees. Special priority given to returning AFA students and students from colleges involved with the AFA Campus Champion Program. To learn more about ADM, visit
Brian E. Perry, husband of past AFA executive assistant Kris Perry, was AFA’s number one volunteer. Brian always lent a helping hand to AFA staff and students, becoming a mentor and friend to many young men and women over the course of his, and AFA’s, life. Brian died March 2, 2005, after a battle with cancer. AFA Alliance members set aside a portion of their dues as well as additional donations to sponsor returning delegates to the AFA Leaders Conference. The AFA Alliance believes in giving back and networking with current and potential AFA leaders. This joint fund provides the opportunity for existing AFA members to apply for sponsorship to the AFA Leaders Conference.

The Andersons, Inc., is a diversified company with interests in the grain, ethanol and plant nutrient sectors of U.S. agriculture, as well as in railcar leasing and repair, industrial products formulation, turf products production and general merchandise retailing. Founded in Maumee, Ohio, in 1947, the company now has operations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, plus rail leasing interests in Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit


Ardent Mills is a premier flour-milling and ingredient company whose vision is to be the trusted partner in nurturing its customers, consumers and communities through innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions. Ardent Mills’ operations and services are supported by 40 flour mills, three bakery-mix facilities, a specialty bakery, and a Mobile Innovation Center, all located in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Deeply rooted in communities throughout North America, Ardent Mills employs more than 100 certified millers, supporting thousands of local jobs and contributing billions of dollars to local economies. To learn more about Ardent Mills, visit  

  Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), is the U.S. animal health division of Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation, a family-owned company founded in 1885 in Ingelheim, Germany. Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation is an international corporation of 18 operative subsidiaries and four representative offices as well as local distributors in more than 50 countries around the globe. With its own research, production and distribution facilities the Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation ranks among the top 20 pharmaceutical companies worldwide.

Over the past 35 years, BIVI has supported its growth through research and development of innovative products for the livestock, equine and companion animal markets. Innovation and research are the keys to BIVI success. Dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of animals, BIVI continues to seek ways to further research and development optimum solutions for the animal health industry. Based in St. Joseph, Mo. BIVI has multiple sites in Missouri and Iowa. Visit
In partnership with North American growers, Bunge North America is the vital link that connects growers, food manufacturers and consumers worldwide. We are a leader in the North American food supply chain that extends from grain origination to the production of value-added food products for consumers. With headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, our 4,500 employees operate throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, as the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited, a leading agribusiness company dedicated to enhancing lives by improving the global food production chain. For more information, please visit

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 160,000 people in 67 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit

The CHS Foundation is the major giving entity of CHS Inc. (, a diversified energy, grains and foods Fortune 200 company committed to providing the essential resources that enrich lives. CHS provides products and services ranging from grain marketing to food processing to meet the needs of customers around the world. It also operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and, through a broad range of working partnerships, markets and distributes Cenex® brand energy products and renewable fuels, along with agronomic inputs and livestock feed to rural America. Specific priority will be given to students with an interest in agronomy, merchandising, agribusiness, energy/renewable energy and communications.

Crop Production Services is one of the largest direct-to-producer retailers of fertilizer, seed, chemicals and applications services in North America. With over 9,000 employees, our mission is to be the "the leading provider of agricultural inputs in each of our markets." Our goal is to "attract and retain outstanding employees by motivating and rewarding them for their accomplishments in providing exceptional service to our valued customers." For career information, visit

Dow AgroSciences is a growth company providing innovative technologies for crop protection, pest and vegetation management, seeds, traits, and agricultural biotechnology to serve the world's growing population. A wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dow AgroSciences is a top-tier agricultural company that combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. Dow AgroSciences LLC, is a proud supporter of AFA's mission to identify, encourage and support outstanding college men and women preparing for careers in the agriculture and food industry. To learn more about growth opportunities at Dow AgroSciences link to



As an independent company headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, FarmLink offers unique services to help farmers maximize their resources through targeted investment. Through its TrueHarvest yield benchmarking service, FarmLink brings to farming the science of benchmarking and establishes a baseline by which to measure the impact of inputs and decisions. With the ability to benchmark all 230 million acres of row crop in the United States, FarmLink partners with farmers to provide precise, detailed and actionable comparisons that inform resource decisions, and help increase productivity and profit.


The FCS Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting rural programs, especially those focused on leadership development and young, beginning and small farmers. Farm Credit System entities fund the Foundation. The Foundation also provides scholarships for research that studies issues important to young, beginning and small farmers and ranchers, and conducts its own research into issues important to this group of farmers and ranchers. For more information on Farm Credit’s commitment to the community, view its Community Impact Report. For more information about the FCS Foundation, visit

Helena Chemical Company

Helena Chemical Company offers a variety of crop protection products, agricultural chemicals, seed, fertilizer and related products. Product development efforts also include Adjuvants, Seed Treatments, Nutritionals, Bio-Science and Value-Added Generic products. In addition to traditional agricultural products, Helena offers services in Turf & Ornamental products, forestry, aquatic and vegetation management. For more information, visit

Established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kansas, ICM Inc. provides innovative technologies, solutions, and services to sustain agriculture and advance renewable energy, including food and feed technologies that will increase the supply of world protein. By providing proprietary process technology to 102 facilities with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.6 billion gallons of annual ethanol production, ICM has become a world leader in biorefining technology. The full-service provider also offers a comprehensive line of more than 100 products and services tailored to make biofuels production more efficient and more profitable. For more information, please visit

 INTL FCStone Inc. is a Fortune 500 company, providing customers across the globe with execution, clearing and advisory services in commodities, capital markets, currencies, asset management and more.

INTL FCStone's offers its customers a comprehensive array of products and services. Among these services are our proprietary Integrated Risk Management Program (IRMP), as well as exchange and OTC execution and clearing services, designed to limit risk and enhance margins and bottom-line results; physical trading in precious metals and grains; a global foreign exchange and currency payment service; asset management; equities market-making; securities execution and trading; and investment banking advisory services.

John Deere is a foremost leader in the ag equipment business, and we’re quickly putting a solid stamp on other industries. For over 150 years, the company’s portfolio of groundbreaking products has grown to include industries related to and outside of agriculture, including Commercial and Consumer Equipment (C&CE), Construction and Forestry, and even Water and Wind Technologies. The image of John Deere is no longer that of a signature green tractor meandering across a scenic field; it’s been replaced with an image of acceleration, swift progress and innovative leaps toward the company’s 200th year. The product line alone serves as proof, with advances in machine performance, equipment automation, fleet management and John Deere’s ongoing investment in emerging markets. For more information, please visit

Land O'Lakes

Land O’Lakes, Inc. is a national, farmer-owned food and agricultural cooperative with annual sales of $11 billion. Land O'Lakes does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. It is a leading marketer of a full line of dairy-based consumer, foodservice and food ingredient products across the United States; serves its international customers with a variety of food and animal feed ingredients; and provides farmers and ranchers with an extensive line of agricultural supplies (feed, seed, and crop protection products) and services. Land O’Lakes also provides agricultural assistance and technical training in more than 25 developing nations.

 Lansing Trade Group is an entrepreneurial company focused on merchandising physical commodities. We position ourselves to provide value through merchandising services, strategic assets and investments. We trade whole grains, feed ingredients, energy products, freight and many other commodities within North America and internationally. Lansing has grown into one of the nation’s premier, independently owned physical trading companies as a result of our experience, relationships and service. Founded in Jackson, Michigan in 1920, today Lansing Trade Group operates in over 20 locations in U.S., Canada, Switzerland and Brazil.

  Merck Animal Health is a global leader in the research, development, manufacturing and sale of veterinary medicines. MAH offers veterinarians, producers, packers, pet owners and governments the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. With $3.4 billion in sales in 2012, MAH is one of the fastest growing animal health divisions in the industry.
MAH is committed to The Science of Healthier Animals – focusing on R&D, development, manufacturing and marketing of animal health products and services in the following areas:
  • Prevention and treatment of diseases in farm animals through vaccines and pharmaceuticals 
  • Improving the quality of life for pets through a wide range of therapeutics and supporting the human-animal bond through programs like Home-Again® 
  • Public health protection through a range of vaccines and pharmaceuticals that control zoonotic diseases that may be transmitted to people (through contact with infected animals or contaminated food). 
MAH has a robust R&D pipeline with projects in pharmaceuticals and vaccines. The current pipeline includes new molecular entities, which help ensure a continuous flow of new products to the market, as well as lifecycle management of products in the areas of parasiticides, anti-infectives, non-infectious diseases and vaccines. Visit

Monsanto is an agricultural company applying innovation and technology to help farmers around the world be successful and produce healthier foods, better animal feeds and more fiber, while also reducing agriculture's impact on the environment. The Monsanto-AFA partnership seeks to identify students with an interest in agronomy, production agriculture, research, crop and life sciences, biotechnology or engineering who are interested in providing support and services to agricultural producers. Priority will be given to students who have had an internship or coop with Monsanto, with a particular emphasis on diversity.

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is the world's leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics to customers in nearly 70 countries. We have a tradition of high standards, quality products, cutting-edge technology and exceptional customer service that improves peoples’ lives and livelihood. Our international presence and affiliation with our parent company, DuPont, gives our employees the opportunity to expand their career and make a positive global impact. Our employees in more than 70 countries have made Pioneer their career choice and you could too – look into a future with Pioneer. Priority will be given to students with an interest in agronomy, agribusiness, crop sciences, life sciences, or biotechnology. For more information, visit


Syngenta is one of the world’s leading companies with 26,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to one purpose: bringing plant potential to life. Syngenta contributes to addressing some of the planet’s most critical issues such as the rising demand for food from a growing population. Through world-class science, Syngenta aims to deliver integrated solutions that will transform the way crops are grown around the globe, and extend focus beyond yield. Syngenta is using a deep knowledge of agriculture to develop fully integrated offers on a global crop basis, combining innovation in genetic and chemical solutions. For more information, visit

UMB Bank

UMB Financial Corporation is a financial services holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking, asset management, health spending solutions and related financial services to both individual and business customers nationwide. Its banking subsidiaries own and operate 135 banking centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Arizona. Subsidiaries of the holding company and the lead bank, UMB Bank, n.a., include mutual fund and alternative investment services groups, single-purpose companies that deal with brokerage services and insurance, and a registered investment advisor that manages the company’s proprietary mutual funds and investment advisory accounts for institutional customers. For more information, visit

Union Pacific Railroad links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and provides freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service.
Throughout our 150-year history, Union Pacific has offered challenging and rewarding work to fit diverse needs, talents and ambitions.
Explore careers at Union Pacific at

Here is what former participants have to say about their AFA experience:

"Attending the conference provided me the opportunity to interact with agriculture industry leaders, network with peers and leaders in agriculture, and create awareness about career opportunities. The conference also presented the opportunity to develop my personal and professional skills necessary for lifelong success in an ever-changing industry."
– Ty Groshans, American Angus Association

"Cargill is optimistic about the future of agriculture and what it means for students today. We are very pleased to support AFA in its efforts to help college students explore careers in production agriculture and agribusiness. The AFA conference gives students vital tools to help them prepare for the future."
– Dan Dye, President, Horizon Milling, Cargill Inc.
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