Jacob Dickey, a junior in the University of Illinois Agricultural Education Program, has been selected as a National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador for the 2013-14 academic year. Jacob was selected for this position by the National FFA Organization, and was one of only 20 students from across the country to receive this honor. For his efforts as an ambassador of the program, Jacob will also receive a $1,000 scholarship for working 30 hours in his surrounding community to enhance the public’s awareness of the food, fuel, and fiber industry.
During his year of service, Jacob will seek out opportunities to increase public understanding of the food, fiber, and natural resources industries, and promote awareness of the scientific, economical and mechanical resources needed to produce a safe and reliable food source. He will also strive to increase awareness of career opportunities in the agriculture industry for collegiate students and the general public, and provide growth opportunities in leadership, facilitation and the agricultural industry.
As part of his training, Jacob will attend two training sessions to gain insight into effective teaching methods to utilize in workshops, learn how to deal with potential issues and questions that may arise, and gain experience on how to talk to professionals in the field about their agriculture experience. He will also have the opportunity to visit and tour several agricultural companies.
Sponsors for the National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador program include: BASF, Syngenta, CSX, and the National Pork Board as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.