Monticello's Dirks named to corn CAT

     Benjamin Dirks of Monticello is one of 23 Iowa college students who will make up the seventh Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team (CAT).

     Comprised of Iowa students pursuing degrees in agriculture, CAT will assist the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) in developing targeted programs to enhance the organizations’ relationships with individuals pursuing careers in agriculture production and allied industries.

     CAT achieves this by fostering the knowledge and skills of these future leaders and providing them the tools to advocate for Iowa Corn and other commodity organizations’ role in the success of Iowa agriculture.

     “Iowa corn farmers’ future depends on our ability to offer relevant programming, advocacy and services to new professionals entering Iowa’s agricultural sector, “said Iowa Corn Promotion Board director Larry Buss, a farmer from Logan who chairs the committee overseeing the team.

     “We are excited to work with these 23 bright students on ways we can cultivate and promote our organization and the corn industry.”

     The team includes one representative from each state college and university, and five students from Iowa State University, including Dirks. In addition, two additional positions on the team are for students in non-ag disciplines at any accredited Iowa college or university.



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