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National collegiate leaders to visit Animal Health Corridor

Agriculture Future of America will welcome 64 collegiate leaders to Kansas City, Mo., for the 2013 AFA Animal Institute, April 7 to 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 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 April 8. Tickets are $25 a person. Learn more at www.agfuture.org/animalhealth.

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.

Tour locations include: 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; and United States Animal Health Association.

AFA Animal Institute delegates include: Jake Baker, Iowa State University; Mandy Brazil, California Polytechnic State University; Emily Brookshire, University of Missouri; Alex Bryant, Oklahoma State University; Thomas Buresh, Iowa State University; Marina Cable, The Ohio State University; Naomi Cooper, University of Illinois; Anne Cox, Iowa State University; Wes Davis, West Virginia University; Lance Day, University of Missouri; Brooke Doolittle, University of Missouri; Anna Drahos, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Tonja Egan, Iowa State University; Brittany Elliott, University of Missouri; Jacqueline Ervin, Oklahoma State University; Kaitlin Foley, Kansas State University; Kelli Fulkerson, South Dakota State University; Sage Henderson, Kansas State University; Sara Hoffman, University of Missouri; Marissa Horton, Cornell University; Shelby Huber, University of Missouri; Lauren Ibach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Caroline Imhoff, Illinois State University; Andrea Jeffrey, Kansas State University; Jordan Jolley, Colorado State University; Amanda Jones, Cornell University; Caroline Kalebich, University of Illinois; Emily Knight, Cornell University; Elise Krause, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Jenna Lansing, Iowa State University; Emma Likens, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Amber Manning, Oklahoma State University; Jennifer McCown, Kansas State University; Nathan Merchen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Alyssa Meyer, Iowa State University; William Miller, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Kersten Morgan, Cornell University; Connie Mou, Iowa State University; Katy Murfield, The Ohio State University; Stephanie Murphy, University of Missouri; Sarah Nafziger, The Pennsylvania State University; Ashley Nagele, University of Illinois; Erica Navis, University of Illinois; Lisa Niedermeyer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Kathleen O’Brien, Michigan State University; Lindsay Parker, Iowa State University; Megan Pieters, Iowa State University; Austin Piombo, Colorado State University; Catherine Ripp, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Celia Salmon, Michigan State University; Ana Schweer, South Dakota State University; Chelsie Shackelford, Kansas State University; Olivia Siglin, South Dakota State University; Benjamin Sims, College of the Ozarks; Danielle Smith, University of Arkansas; Luke Stark, Cornell University; Laura Sutter, University of Illinois; Alyssa Thomas, University of Missouri; Elaine VenJohn, Kansas State University; Rhianna Wallace, Kansas State University; Emily Webster, Michigan State University; Dale Weidner, University of Missouri; Sarah Wright, University of Illinois; and Ashley Zelenka, Kansas State University.

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 www.agfuture.org or contact Megan Karlin at Megan.Karlin@agfuture.org.

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 www.kcanimalhealth.com.

Date: 5/13/2013

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