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National FFA Officers Visit the Corridor

by Emily McVey | Aug 05, 2019

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Telling our industry’s story is imperative for our long-term growth and sustainability. How do we drive more diverse talent into our industry? How do we expect our youth to dream if they don’t know what they can dream about? Opportunities to connect with industry leaders and explore careers give young people a better understanding of the professional world they will one day contribute to. Relating the pathways from academia to employment is our industry’s succession plan.

National FFA is the largest youth-led organization in the nation. With nearly 670,000 members, aged 12-21, across the United States, including Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA students, advisors, and industry are working together to advance our most valuable sector—agriculture.

The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor (KCAHC) was pleased to host two National FFA Officers during its second-quarter Advisory Board meeting. National FFA President, Luke O’Leary,  and Central Region Vice President, Ridge Hughbanks, joined the KCAHC to learn about the animal health industry and its impact on Kansas City.

Industry Commitment to Closing the Interest Gap

The effects of urbanization and the societal disconnect from food and food production has made our industry’s job of storytelling more important than ever. Leveraging relationships with organizations, like FFA, allows the animal health industry to expose the vibrant and diverse career opportunities that reside within it. FFA members are future chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers and premier professionals in many career fields. 

The interactions I’ve enjoyed with these outstanding FFA leaders during our advisory board meeting remind me of how much we can learn from each other. The solutions of tomorrow will need to be met with innovative ideas, diverse business acumen and strong leadership. The FFA members that I met are willing and ready to lead, and this gives me great confidence in the future of the animal health industry - Scott Bormann, Merck Animal Health

As part of its workforce priority, the KCAHC has a website aimed at educating the next generation of talent on the diversity of careers in animal health.  ExploreKCCareers.com offers a virtual tool where students can learn about career opportunities among animal health employers as well as career pathways based on areas of interest, income expectations, available education and training offerings in the KC region.

Later this year, the KCAHC plans to unveil new resources on ExploreKCCareers.com that will further enhance the narrative of animal health careers and provide insights into the future jobs of the animal health industry.

To learn more about the workforce priorities of the KCAHC or how your company can contribute, please contact Emily McVey.  




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