Grum attends Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference

Frankie Grum from Thornville joined more than 550 of the top collegiate agriculture students on Nov. 7-10 in Kansas City, Mo., to engage in career preparation training at the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference.

For four days, Grum, who studies agricultural systems and technology at the Ohio State Ag Tech Institute, participated in soft skill training provided by agriculture, education and facilitation professionals. In the conference environment, Grum was surrounded by like-minded students, who are passionate about agriculture, and by agriculture professionals, who have invested financially as well as relationally in these students’ lives.

Cargill is one organization that partners with AFA to make this training possible. The company specifically invested in developing a relationship with Grum. While at the conference, Grum was invited to a special breakfast hosted by Cargill. During this breakfast, Cargill representatives and Grum were able to connect and discuss Cargill’s career opportunities and Grum’s interests. Grum was paired with Cargill based on mutual interest.

“Agriculture Future of America is a leader in working with outstanding college men and women as they prepare for careers in the agriculture and food industry,” said Dan Dye, president of Cargill’s Horizon Milling business. “We understand that developing and connecting with these young leaders is foundational to our company’s long-term success, and we are proud supporters of the AFA Leaders Conference.”

Like all student delegates, Grum was competitively selected by AFA and its partners for conference participation and this opportunity to connect with Cargill. The AFA Leaders Conference is just one collegiate and young professional leader development program offered by AFA, which exists as a catalyst in the preparation of the next generation of agriculture leaders.


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