What You Should Know About the International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation
The International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation (ISEF) was created in 1986 to benefit the education of stockmen across the globe. The ISEF does this by supporting and hosting educational events and providing support for other educational programs.
The aim of this educational work is to optimise the use of science and technology in animal agriculture. This is a benefit to stockmen internationally.
- The International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation (ISEF) was created in 1986 to benefit the education of stockmen across the globe.
- The organisation does this by supporting and hosting educational events and providing support for other educational programs.
- One of the main roles of the ISEF is to host a unique global event, the International Livestock Congress (ILC) each year.
- The ISEF Student Travel Fellowship Program gives top scholars from around the world the chance to attend the ILC event and have discussions with current industry leaders.
The ISEF reaches a global audience
Reaching a global audience in the world of animal agriculture is not easy but it’s something that the ISEF manages successfully. The organisation attracts many leaders in the beef industry with its work. It also provides a forum for the discussion of industry matters.
Representatives of the whole supply chain access this forum. So, it’s a much-valued space to share information and it contributes to the education of future industry leaders.
The forums and events hosted by the ISEF also assist the development of animal agriculture globally. They do this by promoting change and innovation in the industry.
Hosting the International Livestock Congress (ILC)
One of the main roles of the ISEF is to host the annual International Livestock Congress (ILC), a global event that brings together people from the industry. The event takes place in the USA and attracts academics and industry leaders from around the world. They come together to discuss challenges and developments that can assist or threaten the future of animal agriculture.
The 2022 ILC took place from March 2, 2022, to March 3, 2022, during the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in Houston, Texas.
The event focussed on the way international government policy has affected the industry. Topics for consideration and discussion included:
- Greenhouse gas emissions
- Climate change
- Water demands
- Supply chain issues
- Strategies for regenerative agriculture
- Tracing and verification for brands
- The challenges of feeding a growing world population
The discussions between the industry leaders at the event could help to shape the future of livestock and meat industries across the world.
The ISEF Student Travel Fellowship Program
This program is an integral part of the ILC. It provides an opportunity for top industry talent to attend the event. The brightest students from agricultural colleges in the USA, and internationally, are awarded with this opportunity if they meet the requirements for this fellowship.
This program is of great value to the animal agriculture industry as these young people are the leaders of the future. Being selected from the arduous qualifying process is an honour and it provides them with the opportunity to meet current leaders and discuss the issues of international importance that affect the industry today and in the future.
The students who are selected as a result of the stringent qualifying requirements are senior-level undergraduates and graduate students. They all attend accredited colleges or universities and they are the leaders of tomorrow.
There are several factors that lead to certain students being successful during the qualifying process for this opportunity. These factors include the production of a professional reference, proof of leadership experience, and educational achievement.
In 2021, Ajasa Afees was one of the sixteen students chosen to participate at ILC. He did not have the opportunity to travel to the event in person due to pandemic restrictions. However, Ajasa, and the other students had the valuable experience of attending the event online. This year, the successful students attended in person once more.
The collaborative efforts of top scholars like Ajasa are an asset to the global future of animal agriculture. The ISEF plays a vital role in this collaboration by allowing top students to attend ILC, network with today’s industry leaders and develop some of the skills and knowledge they need to become the leaders of the future.
It’s clear that the ISEF not only protects animal agriculture today, but it also helps to promote its growth and success well into the future.