INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, July 19, 2011/National FFA Organization) – Collegiate FFA, a program of The National FFA Organization, has selected 20 college students to serve as National Collegiate Agricultural Ambassadors for the 2011-2012 school year. The focus of the program is to develop and implement a sustainable agricultural awareness plan among teachers and students on the local level and share the importance of agriculture. The students, who are currently enrolled in colleges and universities throughout the nation, will deliver presentations to elementary, junior-high and high school classes, community organizations and other groups interested in learning about the agriculture industry. These presentations will focus on food safety and security, current agricultural topics, sound science and sustainable agriculture. The students will participate in a four-day training seminar in August, in which they will concentrate on enhancing their presentation skills while receiving training on current agriculture issues. The National Collegiate Agricultural Ambassadors program is sponsored by BASF, Syngenta, Elanco Animal Health and the National Pork Board as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Adrienne Bradley Major: Agricultural Business College: University of California Davis Career Goal: International Agricultural Business Jenna Byers Major: Food and Agribusiness Marketing & Management College: University of Delaware Career Goal: Cooperative Extension Mollie Dykes Major: Ag Communications & Poultry Science College: University of Arkansas Career Goal: Public Relations Elizabeth Eastep Major: Agricultural Science College: North Carolina State University Career Goal: International Agricultural Education Taylor Fix Major: Animal and Poultry Science/Ag Economics College: Virginia Tech University Career Goal: Beef Cattle Reproduction Specialist Leslie Friend Major: Agriculture Science-Communications College: California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo Career Goal: Marketing and Public Relations Kelli Fulkerson Major: Agricultural Education College: Michigan State University Career Goal: Agricultural Educator Nellie Hill Major: Agricultural Communications & Journalism College: Kansas State University Career Goal: Agriculture Advocate Caleb Hodges Major: Agribusiness Management College: Tennessee Technological University Career Goal: Sales/Management Brittany Jurgemeyer Major: Ag Public Service and Administration College: Iowa State University Career Goal: Agriculture Advocate Sidnee Rose Larsen Major: Global Food & Agricultural Business College: Brigham Young University Idaho Career Goal: International Agriculture Lauren Moss Major: Agricultural Education College: California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo Career Goal: Agricultural Educator Anna Peek Major: Agricultural Communications College: Auburn University Career Goal: Public Relations/Lobbyist Tatiana Prestininzi Major: Agricultural Science-Communications College: California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo Career Goal: Agricultural Attorney Jamie Renier Major: Agricultural Education College: University of Wisconsin-River Falls Career Goal: Agricultural Educator Kenneth Schilling Major: Agribusiness Economics College: Murray State University Career Goal: Manage a productive orchard Haley Schulz Major: Agricultural Education College: Delta College Career Goal: Work for the National FFA Kevy Souza Major: Agriculture Science College: California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo Career Goal: Agricultural Teacher Grace Weinzierl Major: Agricultural Education College: Illinois State University Career Goal: Agricultural Educator Catherine Whitney Major: Animal and Dairy Science College: Utah State University Career Goal: Own and operate a farm Formerly known as Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization provides agricultural education to more than 523,000 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,487 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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