National collegiate leaders to visit Animal Health Corridor

Kansas City, Mo. – March 28, 2013 – Agriculture Future of America will welcome 64 collegiate leaders to Kansas City, Mo., for the 2013 AFA Animal Institute, April 7-9.

Held in the heart of the Animal Health Corridor, this Institute introduces students to opportunities in the animal industry. Over the three days, students will interact with industry professionals through panel discussions and various tours. Students and industry professionals will also come together the evening of Monday, April 8, to network over dinner and hear from National Cattlemen Beef Association’s CEO, Forrest Roberts.

This year’s group of AFA delegates represents 17 states and 18 colleges and universities. In addition to industry tours, student programming will include professional development and industry-specific training.

The AFA Animal Institute was created to increase the profile of the animal industry with competitively-selected students from across the nation. It is an example of how AFA strives to close the gap between workforce needs and career preparation in the agriculture industry. Students will leave the Institute experience with better understanding of the animal industry and its environment and culture as well as a broader network of like-minded peers and professionals.

Area agribusiness professionals are invited to join the Institute for dinner Monday, April 8. Tickets are $25 a person. Learn more at

The 2013 AFA Animal Institute is made possible through the support of Merck Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., Cargill, Ceva and the many industry tour hosts. 2013 Tour Hosts

AdFarm* American Angus Association American Hereford Association American Royal Association Bayer Animal Health * Blasdel Cleaver Schwalbe Communications Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. * Cargill Animal Nutrition Ceva Dairy Farmers of America * Duff Dynamic Marketing/AgriThority LLC * Elanco Animal Health Farmland Foods* Fleishman-Hillard * Global Prairie Hill's Pet Nutrition * Land O'Lakes, Purina Animal Nutrition * Livestock Marketing Association Merck * Nestle Purina * Osborn Barr * Triumph Foods U.S. Premium Beef United States Animal Health Association breakfast sponsor *lunch sponsor

2013 Student Participants

Jake BakerIowa State University Mandy BrazilCalifornia Polytechnic State University Emily BrookshireUniversity of Missouri Alex BryantOklahoma State University Thomas BureshIowa State University Marina CableThe Ohio State University Naomi CooperUniversity of Illinois Anne CoxIowa State University Wes DavisWest Virginia University Lance DayUniversity of Missouri Brooke DoolittleUniversity of Missouri Anna DrahosUniversity of Minnesota - Twin Cities Tonja EganIowa State University Brittany ElliottUniversity of Missouri Jacqueline ErvinOklahoma State University Kaitlin FoleyKansas State University Kelli FulkersonSouth Dakota State University Sage HendersonKansas State University Sara HoffmanUniversity of Missouri Marissa HortonCornell University Shelby HuberUniversity of Missouri Lauren IbachUniversity of Nebraska - Lincoln Caroline ImhoffIllinois State University Andrea JeffreyKansas State University Jordan JolleyColorado State University Amanda JonesCornell University Caroline KalebichUniversity of Illinois Emily KnightCornell University Elise KrauseUniversity of Minnesota - Twin Cities Jenna LansingIowa State University Emma LikensUniversity of Nebraska - Lincoln Amber ManningOklahoma State University Jennifer McCownKansas State University Nathan MerchenUniversity of Nebraska - Lincoln Alyssa MeyerIowa State University William MillerUniversity of Nebraska - Lincoln Kersten MorganCornell University Connie MouIowa State University Katy MurfieldThe Ohio State University Stephanie MurphyUniversity of Missouri Sarah NafzigerThe Pennsylvania State University Ashley NageleUniversity of Illinois Erica NavisUniversity of Illinois Lisa NiedermeyerUniversity of Nebraska - Lincoln Kathleen O'BrienMichigan State University Lindsay ParkerIowa State University Megan PietersIowa State University Austin PiomboColorado State University Catherine RippUniversity of Nebraska - Lincoln Celia SalmonMichigan State University Ana SchweerSouth Dakota State University Chelsie ShackelfordKansas State University Olivia SiglinSouth Dakota State University Benjamin SimsCollege of the Ozarks Danielle SmithUniversity of Arkansas Luke StarkCornell University Laura SutterUniversity of Illinois Alyssa ThomasUniversity of Missouri Elaine VenJohnKansas State University Rhianna WallaceKansas State University Emily WebsterMichigan State University Dale WeidnerUniversity of Missouri Sarah WrightUniversity of Illinois Ashley ZelenkaKansas State University

Learn More To learn more about the AFA Animal Health Institute visit Want to be part of next year’s tour? Contact Mark Stewart at

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 70 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 $8 million in academic and leader development scholarships. For more information about AFA, visit or contact Megan Karlin at

About the KC Animal Health Corridor The Kansas City area accounts for 32 percent of the $19 billion global animal health industry. The Corridor, anchored by Manhattan, Kan., and Columbia, Mo., is home to more than 220 animal health companies, which represents the largest concentration in the world. For more information, visit

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