AFA Crop Science Institute

The AFA Crop Science Institute brings up to 75 talented college men and women together to take part in a four-day program. Students are selected through a competitive application process and have expressed a specific interest in the crop and soil sciences sector. The itinerary will provide interaction between students and crop sector leaders; expose students to area businesses and other related service providers and include discussion and training to enhance student preparation to enter careers in the agriculture industry.


AFA recognizes the diversity that makes up the crop science sector, and in an effort to expose young leaders to numerous aspects of the sector, AFA intends to rotate the location of this Institute to various locations throughout the U.S. from year to year. The 2018 Crop Science Institute will be held in Des Moines, IA. 

For Students

Students interested in attending the AFA Crop Science Institute must apply and be selected for industry sponsorship. Participants are selected based on industry and leadership involvement, career goal and articulation of the benefit of the program to their career development. This opportunity is currently available to full-time students pursuing a 4-year degree with intentions on entering the workforce in an agricultural related profession. Sponsorship includes program registration and materials, lodging and meals throughout the Institute. Travel to the Institute, including parking and ground transportation is not included.

Find more student details on our student information page.

For Industry

Connect with top talent in your own backyard! Don't miss this chance to get involved with the AFA Crop Science Institute. From hosting a tour group at your location to serving on a round table or panel, there are many ways for you and your organization to be involved in the Institute experience.

Find more industry details on our industry information page.