To unite agribusinesses, production systems, and institutions of higher education in a common cause – to ensure the world’s food supply by providing scholarships for students committed to food animal agriculture.

To sponsor events that bring together professional leaders of agricultural businesses, production systems, and institutions of higher education – with students – for the purpose of building personal relationships, exchanging ideas, and improving communications, while raising funds for scholarships.

Targeting Excellence scholarships will be supported by annual contribution and fund-raising events. Scholarships awarded to student will reflect the interest of contributors and participants of the fund-raising events.

Targeting Excellence events serve a purpose other than raising scholarship funds. The events create an environment where students can learn more about career opportunities in food animal production and spend face-to-face time with leaders of our industry. Attracting the brightest and most motivated students, allowing them to have face-to-face time with future employers, and allowing them to graduate without a heavy debt load will not only be good for the students, but will also make our future industry stronger. More face-to-face time among the leaders of agribusiness, production systems and agricultural colleges can also lead to new alliances to ensure the survival of our industry.

To accomplish this mission Targeting Excellence was incorporated in the state of North Carolina, received a 501(c) (3) status in March 2013 and is recognized by the IRS as a Public Charity (FEIN 46-1072291).   An official letter from the IRS is on file and is available upon request.

The current board and future boards represent the three entities defined in the mission statement.  None of the BOD is paid a salary for his efforts and all work on a voluntary basis per the Targeting Excellence by-laws.