About Leaders Conference

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 matched to their year 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 contribute to conference discussion sessions.

2016 Information

November 3-6,2016
Kansas City, Missouri

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

The AFA Opportunity Fair provides a unique environment for human resource and company 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:

  • 2017: November 2-5
  • 2018: November 1-4
  • 2019: November 7-10