McLean County students attend Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders

 

McLean County high school juniors Caleb Hatfield and Mallory Robertson recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL). Hatfield, Robertson and 44 other high school students from around the state attended the five-day summer leadership conference, held June 10-14 at Murray State University.

An identical IFAL conference was also held June 17-21 at the University of Kentucky for an additional 46 students.

IFAL is designed to expose high school students to college life while helping them explore the different fields of study for careers in agriculture. During the week, attendees gained a better understanding of the nature and needs of the agriculture industry, saw how basic and applied science is utilized in agriculture and learned of the political process used to develop agricultural policy.

 

Caleb Hatfield and Mallory Robertson are greeted by Joe Cain, Commodity Division Director, Kentucky Farm Bureau, during the 2018 Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL) at Murray State University.

 

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