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Dow AgroSciences Supports 20 Students through AFA Leaders Conference

Friday, November 9, 2012 11:37 am EST



INDIANAPOLIS – Twenty promising students participated in the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Leaders Conference last week in Kansas City, Mo., thanks to the financial support and encouragement of Dow AgroSciences and its employees. An annual event, 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.

"AFA Leaders Conference bridges the gap between academic, leadership, and work experiences while helping students understand the impact of their decisions," said Nancy Barcus, vice president of leader and organization services. “Students are given the opportunity to network with peers and leaders in the agriculture industry, enhance soft skills critical for employment and increase their excitement about the future of agriculture as they explore career opportunities in agriculture.”

The AFA Leaders Conference is a four-track program designed to offer college men and women four unique program tracks geared toward personal and professional development. Conference sessions are facilitated by more than 150 nationally recognized leaders in agriculture, business, government and education. Hundreds of other professionals take part in a day-long Opportunity Fair designed to expose students to various career paths in the industry. Student delegates have the opportunity to expand their personal and professional portfolios through discussions and training sessions with industry leaders.

“Attending the AFA Leaders Conference is a unique opportunity and privilege to meet those individuals and companies that are dedicated to advancing agriculture and feeding the world,” said Adrienne Bradley, a student delegate in her third year studying managerial economics with an emphasis in agricultural economics at the University of California - Davis. “By 2050, our world's population will require our food supply to double as the amount of agricultural land and resources diminish. The only solution is through efficiency-improving technology, which is what companies like Dow AgroSciences are committed to. The AFA Leaders Conference is an opportunity to be educated about agriculture and develop personal and professional leadership in order to be prepared for the future challenges in agriculture.”  

This is the third consecutive year that Dow AgroSciences has sponsored student delegates to attend the AFA Leaders Conference.

“These student delegates will become leaders in the agricultural industry,” said Drew Ratterman, Dow AgroSciences market sell workforce leader. “Supporting the AFA Leaders Conference and these students is a meaningful way for us to make a difference in their lives and in the future of agriculture.”

About Dow AgroSciences
Dow AgroSciences, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, develops leading-edge crop protection and plant biotechnology solutions to meet the challenges of the growing world. Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company and had annual global sales of $5.7 billion in 2011. Learn more at Follow Dow AgroSciences on Facebook and YouTube or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

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


Robyn Heine
Dow AgroSciences