National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors are trained to give presentations and facilitate workshops to audiences of all ages who are interested in learning more about the agriculture industry. The 2012-2013 National Collegiate Ag Ambassador Team is in Raleigh, North Carolina this week for training. Here’s a report from two ambassadors, Breanne Brammer and Brandon Smith:
Our national Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador journey began in Raleigh, North Carolina. We have found ourselves surrounded by twenty of our fellow ambassadors who hail from Oregon to Delaware.
On the first day teammates formed a close bond that has enabled us to “be the one.” “Be the one” is the our training theme, which teaches us to extend beyond leadership. It is a concept that focuses on individual drive that makes in impact in the agriculture industry.
An agriculture ambassador completes 30 hours of presentations throughout the year and reaches out to nearly 20,000 students, community members and collegians. As 2012-2013 agriculture ambassadors our goal is to go above and beyond our duties by dedicating more hours and individuals through innovative presentations.
While at training, agriculture ambassadors competed the annual ambassador Olympics where they experienced team bonding. Throughout the week the team has also had the opportunity to network with agriculture industry leaders from BASF and Syngenta
We toured research facilities at Syngenta and BASF where we explored first-hand career success, professional growth and premier leadership. Ambassadors focused on some of the most vital aspects of the agriculture industry. Our workshops focused on topics ranging from pest control to enhance yields.
We had the privilege of meeting with representatives from: U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, Professor Thakur of North Carolina State University, Crop Life Foundation with Mr. Gianessi, North Carolina Pork Council, and RTP Cornwallis. These people, organizations, and industry leaders have shown us how important their agriculture industry roles are. During conversations with these representatives we discussed the need for agriculture advocates in our generation.
Our team has shown a great appreciation for the agriculture industry; we are dedicated to spreading information about our passion, that is agriculture. We look forward to working with our sponsors and impacting lives in the coming year. With new and inventive ideas thriving in this group. We are able to educate, involve, and touch the lives of people in all walks of life. Here in Raleigh, North Carolina our group of agriculture ambassadors is striving to “be the one.”