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Students Attend Ag Leaders Conference

By Melissa Klein
UWRF University Communications

NOV. 30, 2007--Eleven students representing the University of Wisconsin - River Falls traveled to Kansas City, Mo. to attend the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference. More than 400 students from all over the U.S. attended the event.

The conference was divided into three tracks and the objective was to provide discussion on industry trends and develop personal and professional skills.

Track one was geared towards freshmen to learn about goal setting and time management. Track two focused on communication and included a session on nonverbal communication and dressing for success. Track three focused on preparing to live and work in a global marketplace where delegates learned about being the type of person a company will fight to keep. The conference also included issues related to returning to the farm and other topics.

All of the tracks had speakers who were knowledgeable about their topics and motivated participants for the future of agriculture. Sessions included learning about the books "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and the "Power Principle."

When attending sessions, students attended an awards banquet, listed to motivational speakers and networked with companies and other students. Conference participants were also able to attend an opportunity fair and network with prospective employers.

In order to attend the conference, many students get sponsorships to cover the   $2,500 individual cost for the four-day conference. Several UWRF students obtained sponsorships by applying for a scholarship through the Agriculture Future of America, while others received conference funding from agriculture and other businesses including the CHS Foundation, Pioneer and ADM.

"I would not have been able to attend the conference without a sponsorship," said Amber Elliott, a junior majoring in marketing/communications with an agricultural emphasis from Marshall, Wis. "I am grateful that I had the opportunity to represent UWRF and interact with other people who are passionate about agriculture."

Vicki Cooper, a senior majoring in marketing/communications with an agricultural emphasis from DeForest, was a first time conference attendee. "It was a great opportunity to network with agriculture professionals, and other students who share the passion for agriculture," said Cooper. "I am looking forward to next year's conference and hope to attend track three."

Agriculture Future of America, seeks to "serve as a catalyst in the preparation of a new generation of agricultural student" and "identify, encourage and support outstanding college men and women preparing for careers in agriculture and food industry," according to its Web site.  

Attendees representing UWRF were (left to right) Rachel Erickson, a sophomore majoring in agricultural education from Oshkosh; Katie Kramer, a junior majoring in agricultural business from Black Creek; Amber Elliott, a junior majoring in marketing/communications with an agricultural emphasis from Marshall; Melissa Klein, a senior majoring in marketing/communications with an agricultural emphasis from Lake City, Minn.; Megan Keune, a junior majoring in agricultural business from Seymour; Brooke Berseng, a senior majoring in marketing/communications with an agricultural emphasis from River Falls; Gena Polzin, a senior majoring in marketing/communications with an agricultural emphasis from Cadott; Ashley Sollman, a junior majoring in agricultural business from Turtle Lake; Brady Voigt, a senior majoring in agriculture business from Austin; Vicki Cooper, a senior majoring in marketing/communications with an agricultural emphasis from DeForest; and Trent Gabler, a senior majoring in marketing/communications with an agricultural emphasis from Augusta.

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