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Record Number to Attend 2011 AFA Leaders Conference

2011 AFA Leaders ConferenceKansas City, MOOctober 28, 2011— Five hundred exceptional college students from across the national will gather in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 3-6, for the 15th annual AFA Leaders Conference. This four-day leader training and networking experience provides college men and women pursuing agriculture degrees the opportunity to prepare themselves for the workplace while increasing their knowledge of the agriculture industry.

This year’s theme, “My Piece. My Place. Our Future.,” demonstrates how young leaders will have to develop and strengthen their own skills, while collectively working together to shape the agriculture industry. Through academic preparation and industry involvement, each student must discover their own place within the vast puzzle that is agriculture.

The three tracks of AFA Leaders Conference provide participants with unique opportunities in personal and professional development. Freshmen focus on personal assessment in Track 1, while sophomores and juniors develop their communication skills in Track 2. Track 3, designed for seniors, centers around managing change and living and working in today’s global market.

Over 100 nationally recognized leaders in agriculture, business, government and education facilitate sessions of  AFA Leaders Conference. Delegates engage in discussions and workshops to enhance their knowledge of personal finance, presentation skills, communicating in the work place, accepting a job offer and more.

An integral part of the AFA Leaders Conference, the AFA Opportunity Fair, allows students to connect with over 60 organizations and businesses to discuss internship, full-time employment, graduate school and study abroad opportunities. Delegates, who represent more than 37 states and 70 colleges and universities, studying over 100 different majors and degree programs, also build peer-to-peer networks and share their vision of the agriculture industry.

The annual Leader in Agriculture Award Dinner, to be held Friday, Nov. 4, will bring together nearly 900 global leaders, students and supporters of agriculture. AFA annually selects two people for the Leader in Agriculture Award who have a record of supporting career and leader development for young men and women. This year’s winners, Paul Engler, founder of Cactus Feeders, and Sara Wyant, founder of AgriPulse, will be recognized for their accomplishments at the dinner.

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