Twelve U.S. agriculture students have been selected for the 2010 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program. They will travel to Malaysia and Taiwan May 16 - 28, to study international grain marketing and trade and global agriculture.  Selected students were required to fill out an application and answer numerous essay questions on international trade and marketing. 

The selected students are: Ronald "Wil" Baxley of North Carolina State University; Devin Burton of University of Wyoming; Grant Christensen of Iowa State University; Lucas Fuess of Cornell University; Ashley Gatling of University of Arkansas; Daniel Helvig of University of Minnesota; Ryan Hrubes of Iowa State University; Caitlin Kasper of University of Minnesota; Tim Martini of Colorado State University; Adam Miller of Ridgewater College; Amy Petersen of Utah State University; and Emily Schneider of Kansas State University.

The students will visit several Asian agricultural operations, including grain inspecting facilities, fruit and vegetable production farms, livestock operations, and open air grain, meat and animal markets. The tours are designed to help the students who plan to pursue careers in the agriculture industry--understand current international trade and cultural issues, and gain awareness of how international markets for agricultural products work.

The I-CAL program was developed as a partnership with the U.S. Grains Council and The GRAINS Foundation. These organizations seek to build global markets for American grains. Through their work, they also provide opportunities for others to learn about how the global marketplace affects American agriculture. 

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Source: National FFA Organization