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Two Attend Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference

By Maggie Mills on
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

leaman and millsTwo University of Minnesota Crookston sophomores recently attended the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, November 3-6.  Bailey Leaman, a sophomore agricultural education major from Mountain Lake, Minn., and Maggie Mills, a sophomore communication major from Lake City, Minn., traveled to the conference designed for young agriculturists to create connections, earn scholarships, and most importantly prepare an elite group of college students for their careers in the agriculture and food industry.

Leaman and Mills had the opportunity to attend the 2016 AFA Leaders Conference through scholarships and industry sponsorships. Throughout the weekend, nation-wide college students were given the opportunity to converse with industry professionals, attend a career fair, participate in educational sessions, and build connections with other students and peers. Sessions at the conference focus on every aspect college student’s need to go above and beyond in the workplace and life.

Sessions included material on utilizing social media to showcase a personalized brand, learning how to become a strong, impactful leader in the workplace, etiquette in an interview and/or luncheon scenarios, and resume building to name a few. Mills has attended both the 2015 and 2016 AFA Leaders Conference, as well as the AFA Animal Institute.

Mills states, “Being chosen to attend these conferences has been a tremendous opportunity. AFA continues to amaze me with their loving mentality, wide range of connections, and their generosity in helping college students grow into more than just themselves.”

The two U of M Crookston students experienced history for AFA, as they celebrated the AFA 20-year anniversary. The theme of the conference was “History Starts Now,” while introducing their new company brand, Building Bridges. Leaman and Mills look forward to becoming more involved in AFA, and hope to attend future conferences and institutes.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit

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