March 16 2022 01:42 PM

High school students can apply now for the Kansas State University Animal Sciences Leadership Academy’s 2022 class.

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Students from across the country with an interest in the livestock industry and related careers can apply now for the Kansas State University Animal Sciences Leadership Academy. The academy is an intensive four-day educational experience designed to enhance the leadership skills and animal science knowledge of students in ninth through 12th grades. Additionally, in 2022 the program will offer two separate sessions to meet increased demand and serve more young people.

Hosted by the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and sponsored by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council Inc. (LMIC), the academy’s goal is to develop young leaders within the livestock industry and prepare them for a successful future in this field.

“The ASI Department is very excited about hosting the KASLA conference this summer,” said Dr. Mike Day, K-State Animal Sciences and Industry department head. “This event brings in future animal agriculture leaders from Kansas and beyond to the K-State campus. The academy provides many opportunities for our faculty and staff, and industry stakeholders and companies, to interact with and share experiences with this select group of youth. These interactions are beneficial towards the sharing of knowledge, but perhaps even more important to contributing to building future leaders for the livestock industry.”

The twelfth class will meet in Manhattan, Kansas, during two sessions: June 22-25 and June 29-July 2. Applications are due April 15, 2022, and can be found at

The program’s itinerary will feature interactive workshops, tours and faculty mentor time with ASI professors. Industry leaders will also join the participants frequently to share their knowledge and expertise. Throughout the week, participants will work in teams to evaluate current events within the animal science industry and educate others. This experience will culminate with team presentations and a closing reception on Saturday morning.

Only 20 students will be accepted to each session to ensure individualized attention from counselors, professors and industry leaders. Participants will stay on campus in university housing with program staff for the duration of the event. Transportation to and from the event is the responsibility of the participant, along with a $50 fee to reserve his or her space. The fee is only due upon acceptance and not at the time of application. LMIC generously provides all other sponsorships. The program will adhere to all University COVID-19 protocols at the time of the event.

Please contact academy director, Sharon Breiner, with questions at or 785-532-6533.