The information below has been supplied by dairy marketers and other industry organizations. It has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hoard’s Dairyman.The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) has announced their second cohort of the Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders, and ABS Global Beef Testing Coordinator Grant Sardella is among the twenty honorees. Sardella was nominated by peers, then applied and was accepted to the elite second-ever cohort.
NIAA is a non-profit organization that provides programs that work towards providing solutions for disease, fostering a safe and wholesome food supply, and promoting the best practices of environmental stewardship, animal health, and well-being. With guidance from its members and stakeholders, NIAA developed the Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders as a world-class leadership and experiential program to empower animal agriculture leaders to positively affect the future of animal agriculture.
Candidates for the program must demonstrate leadership in the agriculture industry and be committed to advancing animal agriculture’s role in today’s food system. After cohort nominations, potential candidates must apply to the program and be accepted.
“Grant represents the kind of talent our industry needs to cultivate and develop,” says Jared Wareham, NuEra Business Development Manager, who nominated Sardella. “He has all the raw talent to be a genuine leader. Opportunities like this serve as the perfect incubator to help young leaders evolve and thrive.”
Over 16 months, program participants partake in five in-person three-day seminars, regular virtual meetings, and a final group capstone presentation at the NIAA Annual Conference. Throughout the program, curriculum cornerstones include critical thinking, leadership development, connecting and relating skill development, and operational excellence.
“I’m really thankful to be a part of this cohort and have this chance to develop as a leader,” says Sardella. “I’m very excited to meet cohort members from other areas of the agriculture sector, learn what they do, and work together to create quality products for consumers.”
Sardella will begin the program in February with an in-person seminar in Kansas City, Missouri.
About ABS Global
Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, USA, ABS Global is the world-leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies, and udder care products. Marketing in more than 70 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. In bovine genetics, ABS serves more than 40,000 customers globally, including some of the world’s leading beef and dairy producers. ABS Global owns bull studs in Europe, North America, Latin America, and India, selling genetics to dairy and beef customers in North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.