The Animal Agriculture Alliance is poised to launch College Aggies Online, a program aimed at helping college students become confident advocates for the agriculture industry.

"College students who participate in the program will do more than just build their resume – they will help ensure the future of America's agriculture industry by sharing accurate information about modern farming and ranching," said Kay Johnson Smith, alliance executive vice president.   

College Aggies Online, a joint venture of the alliance and American National CattleWomen Inc., will connect college students from across the country who are interested in promoting agriculture by sharing their story. Participants will receive training and instructions from industry professionals and access to a private forum.

The program officially launches Oct. 15, 2009, and the first year's competition will conclude in April 2010. Student groups will earn points by posting blogs, photos and videos to the forum and by participating in online outreach activities. After final point counts are tallied, the winning club will receive a $750 scholarship, national recognition and a trip for one representative to Washington, D.C., for the annual Stakeholders Summit. 

Fore more information, e-mail Krissa Thom.