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The workshop will be held in June and open to students in 9th through 12th grade.

January 16, 2020

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FUN WHILE LEARNING: High school students with an interest in livestock will have a chance to meet other young people, develop leadership skills and have fun while learning at the K-State Animal Sciences Leadership Academy in June.

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, which is celebrating its 12th year, is an intensive four-day educational experience designed to enhance the leadership skills and animal science knowledge of students in ninth through 12th grades.

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

“The biggest benefit that I received from KASLA was identifying my strengths and weaknesses and figuring out how to play to my strengths,” says Gavin Beesley, 2019 participant from Conway Springs. “I would encourage others to apply. You get to have learning experiences while also being able to meet with people in the agriculture industry. I got to meet so many fun people who were interested in similar things that I was, and we got to have fun while learning.”

The academy will take place in Manhattan, June 24-27. Applications are available online and are due April 15.

The program’s itinerary will feature interactive workshops, tours and faculty mentor time with animal sciences and industry 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 for 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. This fee is only due upon acceptance and not at the time of application. The Livestock and Meat Industry Council provides all other sponsorships. Please contact academy director, Sharon Breiner, with questions at [email protected] or 785-532-6533.

The Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry serves students, livestock producers and the animal and food industries through teaching, research and education. The K-State ASI department prepares students for careers in the animal and food industries. The curriculum includes the study of nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, meat science and food science with production, management, and agribusiness skills. Learn more about the K-State’s ASI department online.

The Livestock and Meat Industry Council is dedicated to facilitating interdisciplinary research that identifies and addresses issues and opportunities facing animal agriculture and the efficient production of food. The council solicits volunteer contributions including money, land, livestock, equipment and other bequests in support of approved priorities and initiatives within the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, in cooperation with the College of Agriculture at K-State.

Source: Kansas State University News Service, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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