Delegate Sponsorship Application

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.

All 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


Application deadline: September 10, 2018


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.


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  

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS).

Bayer is an innovation-driven company with a long tradition in research and development. We leverage our expertise to address global challenges and aim to improve people’s lives around the world. Our Bayer Group mission “Bayer: Science For A Better Life” is the foundation of what we at Bayer CropScience strive to achieve within the agricultural sector. Our contribution to society is based on helping to ensure an ample supply of high-quality food, feed, fiber and renewable raw materials.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., (BIVI) is the fifth largest animal health company in the U.S. and produces innovative vaccine and pharmaceutical products for the prevention and treatment of diseases in the swine, cattle, equine and companion animal markets. BIVI is the U.S. subsidiary of the global Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health GmbH. Our U.S. headquarters are located within the KC Animal Health Corridor in St. Joseph, Mo., with other locations in Ames, Fort Dodge and Sioux Center, Iowa.

The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, Boehringer Ingelheim operates globally with 146 affiliates and a total of more than 47,700 employees. The focus of the family-owned company, founded in 1885, is researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing new medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine. Visit

Founded in 1818, Bunge (, NYSE: BG) is a leading global agribusiness and food company operating in over 40 countries with approximately 35,000 employees at more then 400 facilities.

Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge, is a vertically integrated food and feed ingredient company, supplying raw and processed agricultural commodities and specialized food ingredients to a wide range of customers in the animal feed, food processor, foodservice and bakery industries. With headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, Bunge North America and its subsidiaries operate grain elevators, oilseed processing plants, edible oil refineries and packaging facilities, and corn, wheat and rice mills in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information please visit us at,

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.


CGB has been an innovative and progressive leader in the grain and transportation industries since 1970. Buoyed by the company’s entrepreneurial approach, CGB operates a global enterprise with over 2,000 employees overseeing a diverse family of businesses including Grain Exports, Soybean Processing, DDGs & Feed Ingredients, Risk Management & Crop Insurance, AGRIfinancial Services, Wholesale Trade and Distribution of Fertilizer, Bulk Terminating and Barge / Rail / Truck Logistics.

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


DuPont brings innovative science and solutions to meet the challenges faced by farmers today and into the future.

In agriculture, succeeding for our customers means growing a healthy, marketable and profitable crop. For DuPont, it means something bigger: feeding the world sustainably. Our mission is to deliver agricultural products from seeds to crop protection to deliver higher crop yields and more nutritious foods. We believe that by working together with our customers, we can find better ways to improve the quantity, quality and sustainability of the world’s food supply.

DuPont Pioneer
DuPont Pioneer, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, agronomic support, and services to farmers. Innovative and customer-focused, Pioneer seeks to increase farmer productivity and profitability, and to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Increasing populations, changing economies, and limited cultivatable land are significant factors driving Pioneer to use the broad application of plant science to improve the value generated from each field. 

Crop Protection
By putting science to work, DuPont Crop Protection is meeting the challenges of feeding a growing population through a variety of solutions. As part of our mission, we not only work with growers and producers to maximize their yield, but to also enhance the quality of those crops through products that provide new answers to local needs and challenges.

Farm Credit is committed to creating a thriving rural America. Farm Credit's legacy of service supports rural communities through volunteerism and financial contributions to organizations and initiatives at both the local and national level. To underscore this commitment, Farm Credit’s national contributions program supports organizations in the following areas:

  • Agriculture Education and Training: Farm Credit Gives to education programs to prepare young, beginning, small and minority farmers for a future in agribusiness and to teach youth populations about agriculture.
  • Industry Champions: Farm Credit Gives to support the overall well-being of farmers, ranchers and rural communities by supporting programs that are helping educate the general public about agriculture.
  • Public Policy: Farm Credit Gives to organizations working to support rural communities, to move farm-friendly policy forward and to keep the business of agriculture financially viable.

Additionally, Farm Credit’s banks and associations give millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours annually to support local and regional programs. To learn more about Farm Credit’s national contributions program, please visit

GROWMARK is a cooperative organization based in Bloomington, Illinois. Our shareholders are those who use our products and services. Our roots go back to the 1920s, and are based in agriculture. We employ and continually train personnel who deliver solutions for customers, focusing on product and service recommendations that meet their unique needs. Integrity in all of our business practices is paramount to our success. Operations span over 40 states and Ontario, Canada. For more information, 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 leader in the development of specialized financial services in commodities, securities, global payments, foreign exchange and other markets. Our revenues are derived primarily from financial products and advisory services that fulfill our clients' real needs and provide bottom-line benefits to their businesses. We create added value for our clients by providing access to global financial markets using our industry and financial expertise, deep partner and network relationships, insight and guidance, and integrity and transparency. Our client-first approach engenders trust, and has enabled us to establish leadership positions in a number of complex fields in financial markets around the world.

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at

Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America's premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2014 annual sales of $15 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation's largest cooperatives, ranking 199 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 93 years of operation, Land O'Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including LAND O LAKES® Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition and WinField Solutions. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O'Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.

Kuhn North America, Inc. is a market leader in the agricultural and industrial equipment industry, specializing in feed mixing, manure spreading, tillage, hay processing & crop packaging technologies. We are committed to growth, which results in opportunities for employment in various areas, including engineering, sales, marketing, product support, and manufacturing. We value individuals who love a challenge, thrive in an atmosphere of continuous improvement, and understand the value of agriculture in our economy.

Our corporate headquarters is located in Brodhead, WI and employ over 900 people in the US and Canada. We operate manufacturing and distribution centers in Wisconsin, Kansas, Washington, Colorado, Nebraska, Tennessee, New York and Quebec.

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 $3.5 billion in sales in 2014, 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 committed to helping to bring a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work collaboratively to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. For more information, please visit


Based in Smithfield, Virginia, in the United States, we are the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook’s®, John Morrell®, Gwaltney®, Kretschmar®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Carando® and Healthy Ones®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food responsibly and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs.


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 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

Valent U.S.A. Corporation is a leading crop protection firm serving the agricultural and non-crop products markets in North America. Valent products help growers produce safe and abundant food and fiber crops, and horticultural professionals improve the quality of life for their customers. The corporate motto, Products That Work, From People Who Care®, describes the company's business philosophy. Valent seeks out and provides customers with innovative and effective solutions to their production challenges.