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  IL Jr. MANRRS Leadership Institute Was A Success  
  Dean Dittmar  4/29/2022 12:59:00 PM  

Hi ILCAE and ICAE Members & Advisory Friends:

I wanted to provide a post update on the Illinois Jr. MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences) Leadership Institute held on April 22, 2022, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago..  71 students from 9 schools and 40 adults attended.  Attendees and information are posted here -   Student evaluations of the event were near a 4.5 on a 5.0 highest rating.

We are very excited about the future though understand that we have much work to do in developing a quality and diverse pipeline of talent for agribusinesses across Illinois and the United States.  The opportunities in the AFNR industry are definitely abundant for our youth.   We plan to continue the conversations and initiatives to grow this talent pipeline especially in urban areas of the state.   If you have ideas on future initiatives and projects that we can help with, please let me know. 
Please take time to view and share the video from Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton.  

Thank you to these ILCAE members for attending: Brenda Dismore, Bill Kling, and Tyler Strom.

Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller, National MANRRS President, and Ian Smith, National Jr. MANRRS Coordinator, attended and gave remarks at the event.  We appreciate their involvement and look forward to future partnerships with National MANRRS.

Dean Dittmar
Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education (FCAE)
Phone: 217-893-0091 Cell: 618-604-1622
Address: 3358 Big Pine Trail , Champaign, IL 61822
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