Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy

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The four-day program will focus on increasing knowledge of Missouri’s diverse and dynamic livestock industry, as well as building participants’ leadership and communication skills.

Student participants

Twenty high school students will be selected to participate in the session based on educational, community, and agricultural involvement, as reflected through an application process.

Students will have personalized instruction and interaction with counselors, professors and livestock industry leaders.

Students will be welcomed to the Division of Animal Sciences at Mizzou, with on-campus housing provided for a “college-life” experience. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their leadership development, discuss current issues regarding livestock production (all species), tour industry-leading operations and businesses, and interact with University of Missouri faculty and staff; while while networking with other young leaders from across the state.

Application Requirements

  • Delegates must be able to participate in the entire academy and attend all conference sessions.
  • Students must complete all areas of the application.
  • The application should be paper clipped including application form, resume and one letter of recommendation.
  • Applicants will receive an email confirmation that their application has been received.
  • Please allow 2-3 weeks for review and selection after the April 1 deadline.

Tentative Academy Program

Day 1: Leadership development & Mizzou Research Farm tours
Day 2: Tour of Missouri businesses & organizations
Day 3: Communication skills & team building
Day 4: Closing reception & team presentations

Program Fee: $100/student


For additional information, please contact:

David Hoffman, MU Extension Regional Livestock Specialist, 

Marcia Carlson Shannon, MU Extension State Swine Specialist,