NIAA has chosen third consort for training program

New cohort represents 20 leaders from a diverse range of agricultural sectors.

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) has chosen the third cohort for its Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders program. Set to commence in February 2024 in Chicago, this 16-month program, sponsored by the United Soybean Board and Farm Credit, focuses on empowering early to mid-career professionals in the animal agriculture industry.

Created in 2021, the program's uniqueness lies in its co-designed curriculum, tailored specifically for the animal agriculture sector. Participants engage in five in-person meetings and virtual sessions, concentrating on critical thinking, leadership development, connecting skills and operational excellence. The program concludes with a group capstone project presentation at NIAA's Annual Conference in April 2025.

NIAA Board Chairman Eric Moore highlighted the program's mission to enhance collaboration and cooperation within the industry. The third cohort, comprising 20 leaders from diverse agricultural sectors, aims to advance animal agriculture's role in the modern food system.

There were more than 50 very capable applicants for the Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders. The third cohort represents 20 leaders in a diverse range of agricultural sectors to advance animal agriculture’s role in today’s food system. NIAA welcomes:

  • Johnna Baller-Granville – Genus ABS
  • Ryan Bennett – U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs and International Poultry Welfare Alliance
  • Kristi Block – North American Meat Institute
  • Sarah Coleman – The Kentucky Horse Council
  • Rose Digianantonio – State of Wyoming Livestock Board
  • Will Fiske – Neogen Genomics
  • Chelsea Good, JD – Livestock Marketing Association
  • Rita Harkless – Perdue Foods
  • Blaine Johnson – Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Tanner King – Neogen Genomics
  • Ashley Kohls – Minnesota Turkey Growers Association
  • Jennifer Koziol – Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Rahul Kumar – Zoetis, Inc.
  • Megan McCullough – North American Meat Institute
  • Emmanuel Okello – University of California, Davis
  • Kelli Payne – Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation
  • Hanna Robbins – Butterball
  • Dakota Thomas – Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO)
  • Jackson Tolle – United Producers, Inc.
  • Hattie Webb – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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