NEMA Committee Develops Presentations to Promote Careers in Ag
9/8/2014
Sarah Novak, vice president of membership and public relations
Monday, September 8, 2014
by: Sarah Novak, vice president of membership and public relations

Section: Fall 2014




“NEMA has developed a few resources for all AFIA members to use at their own companies and when speaking to groups about agriculture. Of recent interest are the studies about four generations in the workforce today,” explained Novak.


Have you ever been asked to give a presentation about careers in agriculture to high school students or at FFA or 4-H meetings, but you declined the invitation because you didn’t have time to organize a presentation? 
 
Each of us are guilty at one time or another of not making the time in our schedules to help promote agriculture to the next generation of employees. 
 
With these occasions in mind, one American Feed Industry Association committee has developed a PowerPoint presentation to address the need to feed the minds of future agriculture professionals. The presentation is available to all AFIA members. 
 
“The Networking, Education and Mentoring in Agriculture Committee has been giving presentations at universities and even some high schools for several years now, and we thought it was important to share the presentations with other AFIA members to use,” said Sarah Novak, AFIA. “Speaking with students about careers in agriculture has been a great opportunity to break down the stereotypes filling young minds such as agriculture jobs are just about milking cows and plowing fields—there is so much more opportunity than that.”
 
The NEMA Committee’s mission is to promote and develop a more vibrant and diverse workforce in agriculture. 
 
“NEMA has developed a few resources for all AFIA members to use at their own companies and when speaking to groups about agriculture. Of recent interest are the studies about four generations in the workforce today,” explained Novak.
 
The group has also talked about social media and highlighted the efforts of AFIA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and discussed how social media can help promote agriculture to non-agriculturally-related friends and family. 
 
NEMA Committee members meet in person once a year just prior to the Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference. The committee also meets via conference call as needed.
 
Novak, AFIA vice president of membership and public relations, serves as the staff liaison. She can be reached at (703) 558-3574 or snovak@afia.org
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