The Animal Agriculture Alliance College Aggies Online (CAO) scholarship program turns ten this year and provides college students an opportunity to become advocates for the industry while potentially winning money for college.
The National Corn Growers Association is a sponsor of the scholarship initiative. According to the Alliance, “last year, students reached 4.4 million people on social media and more than 16,000 people at club events.” The CAO competition can be done individually or as a club. Individuals are tasked with weekly challenges, focusing on creating social media content. The club portion of the competition includes hosting events aimed at having conversations with their peers about agriculture.
“Social media gives people from all backgrounds the opportunity to have a platform to talk about issues that are important to them,” says Feed, Food and Industrial Action Team Chair Bruce Peterson. “NCGA is excited to sponsor the College Aggies Online program which helps to equip college students with the tools and training needed to become stronger advocates for agriculture, and effectively engage with consumers who want to know more about where their food comes from and how it is actually produced today.”
To learn more about the program and sign up, go to https://collegeaggies.animalagalliance.org/. The competition kicks-off Monday, September 10.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.
The Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) is a biennial event happening this June. Learn more.