Casey Droddy, a Central Heights graduate, was one of more than 500 students who attended the four-day Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference Nov. 1-4 in Kansas City.
They engaged with agriculture and food industry professionals and developed soft skills needed to put their scholastic and leadership training into action. Student delegates were chosen through a competitive application process and their participation was funded through a variety of means including sponsorship from their school, community or industry businesses, such as Monsanto Company, that partner with AFA.
Students were able to gain added-value in the conference environment through personal interactions with Monsanto employees, particularly a special breakfast at conference where Monsanto employees, many of them AFA alums, took the time to learn students’ stories as well as share the opportunities Monsanto has to offer.
“AFA has a history of success in creating leader training, personal development and peer networking opportunities for young adults who are interested in careers in agriculture,” Karen Wishart, Monsanto vice president of human resources, said. “At Monsanto we too believe investing in AFA students is important to the future of our industry and we are committed to the young people that will lead the next generation.”
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.
Monsanto Company is a global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. It is focused on enabling small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving.