Finding Family in AFA

Finding Family in AFA

Aug 20
Shelby Cooper, Senior in Agricultural Science Education
  

This week has been a transition period between a summer full of engaging work and travel and the return to classes on campus. I know I’ve been busy catching up with student organizations, preparing for senior year, and visiting my cooperating school during their first week of class. As I reflect on the summer, I can’t help but highlight my valuable experiences with Agriculture Future of America.
    
Agriculture Future of America (AFA) is an organization that works to identify, support, and encourage college men and women seeking careers in the agricultural industry. The AFA leader development model focuses on developing students who have talent, passion, and commitment, providing opportunities in leadership development and connections to influential people in agriculture. I am serving as one of nine Student Advisory Team members, assisting staff in the preparation and facilitation of our annual Leaders Conference and maintaining a healthy relationship between AFA and the University of Illinois.

My role this summer included traveling across the country to visit with partners in the agricultural industry, communicate our message, and thank them for their support. After flying to Sacramento, Omaha, and Minneapolis this summer, I am so thankful for the opportunities to serve this organization and promote agricultural education and literacy to the companies who will benefit from it the most.

I am sincerely thankful for the relationships that have been created through this organization. Being away from home this summer, I found I felt the most at home while engaging with these passionate students from anywhere between Yakima, Washington and Auburn, Alabama. I know when I return to the University of Illinois, I will be refreshed and ready to start the year, encouraged by my fellow leaders, staff, and partners of Agriculture Future of America.

 

Finding Family in AFA