ProAg of Renville County

AFA - Ag Future America

Agriculture Future of America's mission is to create partnerships that identify, encourage and support outstanding college men and women preparing for careers in the agriculture and food industry.

ProAg of Renville County and the Renville County Corn & Soybean Growers have provided scholarships to individuals to attend the AFA Leaders Conference in the past. Plans are to continue to offer scholarships to future conferences.

The 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.

The annual AFA Leaders Conference is a three-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.

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 participate in conference discussion sessions.

An important component of the Leaders Conference, the AFA Opportunity Fair, provides a unique environment for human resource 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.

To be eligible to apply to attend the AFA Leaders Conference, students must meet the following criteria:
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Attending a four-year institution
  • Possess a passion for agriculture
  • Plan to pursue a career in the agriculture industry

If you have attended the conference in the past, the AFA is committed to your continued development as a leader. As a return delegate, AFA may cover up to 70% of your fee to return to Leaders Conference.

The AFA Leaders Conference is already on the calendar for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015! The dates are as follows:
  • 2012: November 1-4
  • 2013: November 7-10
  • 2014: November 6-9
  • 2015: November 5-8
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