Members of the third Collegiate Academy class were recognized during this year’s virtual Kansas Corn Symposium for completing their program. Despite challenges brought on by COVID-19, participants expanded their knowledge about ethanol, livestock, trade, policy, education, agronomy, conservation and consumer engagement. After two in-person sessions and several Zoom sessions, the students completed a capstone project to complete the program.
The first session of the Collegiate Academy was held in person in January 2020 when students were able to learn about the agricultural industry in Kansas City. They learned about direct trade, consumer education through advocacy, and agronomic practices. While their day at the state capitol in March was moved to a virtual format, students still were able to talk with their local representatives and learn about the role government plays in the agriculture industry. The third session took place in northwest Kansas in June as students toured an ethanol plant, a water technology farm and a cattle feedyard. In December, the students participated in a final online session featuring speakers from the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council and celebrated the completion of their program over dinner.
Collegiate Academy Class 3 Graduates:
- Shelby Hattrup, Kinsley, KS, Agronomy
- Austin Hobbs, Fredonia, KS, Agronomy
- Ellie Katzer, Louisburg, KS, Agribusiness
- Reile Meile, Ulysses, KS, Agribusiness