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Students Can Apply for NY Youth Ag Leadership Conference


Applications are now open for New York’s first-ever collaborative youth agriculture leadership conference to support further collaboration among youth agriculture organizations and identify opportunities for youth engagement that reflect the industry’s future workforce needs. Included in her 2024 State of the State, Governor Kathy Hochul will convene this conference in November in partnership with the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences New York Agriculture Education & Outreach Program to provide New York students with agriculture educational, leadership and training opportunities.

The first-ever youth agriculture leadership conference provides young leaders the opportunity to connect with state leaders and better understand how policy shapes the interconnected food, agriculture and natural resource industries. Students will explore the many challenges and possibilities within these industries with New York’s top leaders, connect with other students and professionals regarding their own interests and aspirations, and discover the vast array of career possibilities that await them in the future.

This is an invitation-only conference and participation will be determined via the application process. Students in grades 11 or 12 who are active members of an FFA chapter or county 4-H program, or a Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) junior or collegiate chapter, can apply here. The deadline to apply is July 15. Applications submitted after the deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed chronologically if there are remaining conference spots available.

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