Students to Attend National Development Conference in Kansas City

Contact: Megan Karlin Agriculture Future of America P: 785-410-7155 F: 816-472-4239

Kansas City, Mo. — Oct.30, 2012 — Many people say the ability to successfully pursue plans for the future hinges on having great connections and taking time to invest in personal and professional development. What they may not be able to explain is what this looks like.

This week over 500 of the top agricultural students from universities and colleges across the nation will travel to Kansas City, Mo., to pursue these very things — valuable connections and personal and professional development.

For four days, Nov. 1-4, these students will engage with agriculture and food industry professionals at the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference. The AFA Leaders Conference is designed to give students the soft skills they need to put their scholastic and leadership training into action. Student delegates are chosen through a competitive application process and their participation is funded through a variety of means including sponsorship from their school or industry businesses and communities that partner with AFA.

In the four days the students will be at the Conference, they will take part in engaging sessions, interactive panels, an Opportunity Fair and many opportunities for networking and connecting to their peers and industry professionals.

According to Nancy Barcus, AFA vice president of leader and organization development, “The AFA Leaders Conference is a unique opportunity to convene with fellow talented, passionate and committed peers to focus on their role as future leaders to the agriculture and food industries while interacting with those that lead our industry today.”

In conjunction with Conference, AFA will be hosting a celebration of agriculture Nov. 2, honoring two individuals who have been identified as the 2012 AFA Leader in Agriculture Award recipients because of their commitment to the agriculture industry and willingness to help develop the next generation of agriculture leaders. Recipients, Howard G. Buffett, Illinois farmer and philanthropist, and Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh, Kansas State University agricultural economics professor and policy expert, will be sharing with students and guests how they have personally followed their passion for agriculture into rewarding lifeworks.

For more information about the AFA Leaders Conference visit


About AFA AFA’s mission is to create partnerships that identify, encourage and support outstanding college men and women who are preparing for careers in the agriculture and food industry. With student participation increasing 65 percent in the last five years, AFA leader development programs have impacted 9,000 college leaders and young professionals from more than 200 colleges and universities throughout 43 states since its inception in 1996. AFA has awarded more than $7.5 million in academic and leader development scholarships. For more information about AFA, visit or contact Megan Karlin at

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