Representatives from Nebraska agriculture groups are excited to announce an all new opportunity to Nebraska’s FFA members. The 2011 FFA State Convention will host the first annual Ag Issues Academy during the day of Wednesday, April 6th. This leadership development opportunity will provide participants with the skills they need to become spokespeople for the industry.
Selection of participants will be handled through an application process. Interested students will need to complete the included application, as well as include a resume and letter of recommendation from his/her FFA Advisor. Applications are due by February 1st and can be submitted to the Nebraska FFA Association, c/o Ag Issues Academy Application, 301 Centennial Mall South, PO 94987, Lincoln, NE 68509-4987.
Participants will be selected mid February. A webinar will be scheduled the first week of March to provide necessary background information to participants and outline expectations and responsibilities prior to the Ag Issues Academy.
Prior to attending the Ag Issues Academy participants will review materials related to the Misconceptions and Misinformation of Animal Agriculture, network with a local industry representative and begin building a knowledge base about a particular agriculture issue of interest to them.
At the Ag Issues Academy on April 6th, participants will attend round robin sessions where they will learn how to speak to lawmakers and communicate to the media. Representatives from the broadcast, news editorial and public relations media fields will present ways of telling agriculture’s story. A trip to the Capitol accompanied by agriculture lobbyists will introduce participants to our state’s Legislature. Participants will also be expected to participate in the legislative breakfast Thursday morning.
Download the Application Today – must be postmarked by February 1, 2011!