Amii McKeever became the 69th president of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA) at the organisation's AGM in Co Kildare this Friday, taking over from Macra's agriculture manager Derrie Dillon.

McKeever is the current editor of Irish Country Living and previously held positions in Glanbia and the Irish Farmers’ Association. She graduated from UCD with a BAgrSc in 2003, a master's in animal science in 2005 and a diploma in strategic growth from Smurfit Business School in 2013.

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McKeever completed a Nuffield Scholarship in 2011 and is a board member of Nuffield Ireland. She has been a member of the agricultural science graduates' association since 2004 and served on its council several times, most recently as vice-president.

Speaking at the close of the ASA conference alongside Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, she said: "We have heard today the challenges this presents and we must ensure that agricultural science graduates are in a position to contribute. The focus for my presidency will be to continue to build the capability of our members through a programme of events in the areas of professional development, upskilling on the latest science and the continued provision of important networking opportunities."

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