The Roland-Story and Gilbert Agriculture Departments recently sponsored, in cooperation with the ISU Horticulture Farm, an Agriculture Leadership Camp for nearly 200 freshmen students in Agriculture Education for students of Collins-Maxwell, Colo-Nesco, North Polk, Gilbert, South Hamilton, Boone, and Roland-Story.

The camp was designed to give students further insights into what they can do to gain leadership skills. Guest speakers included Brian Waddingham, Executive Director of the Coalition to Support Iowa Farmers, Paul Wierson, who addressed the topic of ‘citizenship’, and Josh Earll, State FFA president.

According to Brad Taylor, RS Agriculture Instructor, "the speakers made a tremendous impact upon the students in how important agriculture is to our economy, what people in agriculture are doing to produce food and protect our natural resources, and what exciting opportunities exist within agriculture for careers".

Students then toured the Iowa State University Horticulture Research facility in Gilbert to gain firsthand knowledge of research, career opportunities, business practices, management, decision-making, and teamwork.