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2018 Animal Agriculture Alliance’s scholarship competition opens


The Animal Agriculture Alliance has kicked off its 10th annual College Aggies Online scholarship competition — but the window to sign up is pretty tight! Undergraduate students, graduate students, and collegiate clubs have through Sept. 21 to sign up and compete for more than $25,000 in scholarships while advocating for agriculture.

The signup form can be found here.

Students will become more confident communicators as they learn the fundamentals of agriculture communication from industry mentors throughout the nine-week competition. Students and collegiate clubs invite their peers to have a conversation about agriculture both online and in person while learning the dos and don’ts of social media and how to host a successful event, such as a farm tour, school visit and campus booth.

Each week CAO mentors will offer their advice and expertise. This year’s mentors are:

  • Amber Pankonin, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist,
  • Anna Leigh Peek, communications specialist, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association
  • Casey Kinler, communications manager, Animal Agriculture Alliance
  • Charmayne Hefley, social media specialist, Pilgrim’s Pride
  • Chloe Carson, manager of digital communications, National Pork Producers Council
  • Codi Coulter, communications coordinator, American Feed Industry Association
  • Don Schindler, senior vice president of digital innovations, Dairy Management Inc.
  • Tim Hammerich, agribusiness recruiter and founder, Ag Grad, LLC
  • Wanda Patsche, farmer and blogger, Minnesota Farm Living

Since 2009, the Alliance has awarded more than $85,000 in scholarships.

Want to know who makes CAO possible? Thanks goes to Dairy Management Inc., Seaboard Foundation, National Pork Industry Foundation, Cooper Family Foundation, Diamond V, Bayer, National Corn Growers Association, National Pork Board, Alltech, Vivayic, Ohio Poultry Association, Domino’s Pizza Inc., National Chicken Council, and Pennsylvania Beef Council.

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