For the past thirty years, Kentucky Farm Bureau has been investing in our state’s youth through the Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL) Program. IFAL is a unique five-day summer leadership conference that exposes students to college life and explores different fields of study for careers in agriculture. IFAL allows high school juniors to choose between separate conferences at two of Kentucky’s premier universities. This year’s IFAL conferences will be held June 14-18, 2015, at Murray State University in Murray and June 21-25, 2015, at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
The IFAL program helps students become more familiar with Farm Bureau, promote agricultural-related career choices, provide leadership development opportunities, and promote each participating university. A detailed brochure and a copy of the 2015 IFAL application are enclosed. This information can also be downloaded at kyfb.com/IFAL. Please feel free to make copies of and distribute the information to local youth group advisors and high school counselors.
- Students may state their preference concerning which IFAL session they wish to attend. However, stating a preference does not guarantee selection to a specific conference. No one will be assigned to an IFAL conference they did not initially select without personal contact with, and approval from, the student or a family member.
- The conference is only for students who are currently high school juniors.
- Kentucky Farm Bureau and the universities will only accept the 45 most qualified applicants for each IFAL conference, so be selective in whom you nominate. The student must be enrolled in a pre-college curriculum.
- County Farm Bureaus may nominate up to four students. Applications must be received in the State Office by Friday, April 24, 2015 to be considered.
- Students should be transported to and from IFAL by a parent, guardian, youth advisor or Farm Bureau representative. If a student drives, his or her car keys must be given to the Farm Bureau representative on-site for safekeeping.
If the application is signed by a Farm Bureau official in your county, that is your pledge to pay the student’s registration fee. We will bill each county that participates, so please do not send any money until you receive an invoice from us. The fee is $300.00 per participant.
High school agriculture teachers and county 4-H/youth development extension agents are also receiving IFAL applications and information. These officials can nominate youth, but they must be approved by their local county Farm Bureau. If you have any questions, please contact me at (502) 495-5000, ext. 7221, or via e-mail at Scott.Christmas@kyfb.com.
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