College students interested in agriculture will be able to take advantage of a new partnership between a pair of key organizations interested in developing future leadership for the industry.

The American Farm Bureau Federation signed a memorandum of understanding with Agriculture Future of America, a professional development organization for college students interested in agriculture. According to an AFBF release, the MOU – signed at Farm Bureau’s annual convention in Puerto Rico – will foster “cross-promotional efforts of organizational objectives and events.”

“We are excited to join with AFA and share Farm Bureau’s resources and programs with college students and young professionals who are the next generation of leaders in agriculture,” Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said in a statement. “The collaboration we’re announcing today will benefit both of our organizations and help ensure a bright future for American agriculture.”

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AFA President and CEO Mark Stewart said the two organizations are at a “unique crossroads of mutual investment in building leaders to strengthen the future of our industry.”

AFA holds several conferences each year attended by college students pursuing agricultural careers. According to the organization, participation in its events has increased nearly 30% in the last five years, and its programming has reached students at more than 200 colleges and universities since its founding in 1996.

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