Raising the Bar

New this year! Beginning in 2024 a 50-attendee cap will be instituted for the conference. There is no application process, we will be taking the first 50 juniors to sign up. If all spots fill prior to the February 15th deadline, the registration link will be shut down. We highly recommend that those that are signing up have a specific interest in Colorado State University or are pursuing a higher education. Registration opens on January 2nd at 9:00 a.m. (Central Standard Time).

Raising the Bar is a 3-day conference that builds stronger leaders within state associations, create regional relationships, while preparing juniors for the future. Materials covered in Raising the Bar targets high school age students and older. A tentative schedule for the conference is Friday - extensive campus tour; Saturday – workshops, ranch tours, and farm tours; Sunday – workshops and travel home. Social activities, games, and ice breakers will also be provided to rekindle old and create new friendships.

Participants should fly into Denver International Airport (DEN). This airport serves the following airlines: Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, and many others.

Participants should be at the hotel between 5:00 PM –7:00 PM on Thursday, March 21st. Departure flights should be booked for a departure after 1:00 PM on Sunday, March 24th. If you choose to fly, please send your flight information to Madeline Bauer at

With any questions, please reach out to Madeline Bauer at or call (816) 383-5149.

** Transportation is provided during the conference. Airport Shuttle is available for transportation to the hotel.

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Colorado State University
Hotel Location: Denver, CO
Event Dates: March 21-24, 2024
Registration Deadline: February, 2024
Cost to Attend: $150.00
Registration for Raising the Bar 2024 is now closed!
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LEAD Conference

Each year the NJAA holds leadership conferences for its junior members. This conference offers team building, leadership and character development as well as fostering new and old friendships between members. The LEAD conference offers a jam-packed schedule of educational tours and learning opportunities about the industry they are growing in. At this conference, juniors get to see different parts of the country and experience agriculture in ways they may never have seen before.

Participants should fly into Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR). This airport serves the following major airlines: American Airlines, Delta, and United. An airport shuttle will be provided to and from the hotel. Participants can begin arriving to the hotel at 2:30 PM on Tuesday, July 23rd, check-in begins at 4:00 PM. Departure flights should be booked for a departure after 1:00 PM on Friday, July 26th. If you choose to fly, please send your flight information to Madeline Bauer at

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to

2024 LEAD

Boot Scootin' to the Bayou
Baton Rouge, LA
Hotel Location: Baton Rouge, Louisana
Event Dates: July 23-26, 2024
Early Registration Deadline: June 1, 2024
Late Registration Deadline: June 15, 2024
Early Registration Cost: $250.00
Late Registration Cost: $300.00
Online Entry Form
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