National Institute for Animal Agriculture Selects Second Cohort for the Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders Program

The second class participating in the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s (NIAA) Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders has been selected and will convene in February 2023 for their introductory session.

NIAA is in its second year of providing an opportunity for animal agriculture leaders to gain next-level leadership and professional development training. What makes the Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders unique is its curriculum is specifically designed for the animal agriculture segment of the industry and participants co-design their experience.

The 16-month program is sponsored by the United Soybean Board and was created by NIAA to empower professionals in the early to midpart of their careers to build on previous leadership development experiences and collaborate with peers across the industry. The cohort attends five in-person meetings with additional virtual working sessions to focus on four areas of development: critical thinking, leadership development, connecting and relating skills, and operational excellence.

“Part of NIAA’s mission is to foster collaboration and cooperation throughout the industry. This program was intentionally developed to build upon existing leadership experiences, so professionals advance their skills – specifically, collaboration,” said Eric Moore, NIAA Board Chairman. “It was important to me to participate in the inaugural cohort and it has been an enriching experience for me and my fellow leaders.”

The second cohort represents a range of agricultural sectors to advance animal agriculture’s role in today’s food system. NIAA welcomes:

  • Tressa Alderson, ABS Global/TransOva
  • Jared Bramer, Kemin Animal Nutrition & Health – North America
  • Amanda Butterfield, AmpliSource
  • TJ Flax, Dexer
  • Trisha Klement, Datamars Livestock
  • Phillip Lancaster, Kansas State University
  • Miriam Martin, North American Meat Institute
  • Chandler Mulvaney, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • Jake Renner, American Gelbvieh Association
  • Jennette Rietcheck, Norbrook
  • Kayla Rink, Dairy Farmers of America
  • Grant Sardella, ABS Global
  • Jennifer Schmitt, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
  • Austin Snook, Merck Animal Health
  • Sarah Thomas, The Ohio State University
  • Brandon Treichler, Treichler Consulting Services
  • Stephanie Ward, NC State University
  • Jonathan White, United Producers NC
  • Tim Bardole, United Soybean Board
  • Shannon Ellis, United Soybean Board

To learn more about the program, it’s sponsors and how to participate in the next cohort, visit

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