About AFA

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AFA's mission is to create partnerships that identify, encourage and support outstanding college men and women preparing for careers in the agriculture and food industry.


Founded in 1996 by R. Crosby Kemper, Jr., and other agri-business leaders, AFA offers leader and career development training and community-based academic scholarships for college men and women pursuing a career in an agriculture-related field.

AFA men and women share the belief that the production, processing and distribution of food and fiber, with support for agriculture business services, are vital for our nation’s economy, both now and in the future. These men and women share three characteristics – they are talented, passionate and committed to a career in agriculture.

AFA’s strength comes from its unique partnerships with rural communities, corporations, foundations, colleges, universities, and individuals that support academic development, leader development and career development. This network creates an atmosphere that stimulates the development of professionalism, intrapreneurialism and intellectualism – each a key factor in human capital development.

The term human capital is the recognition that people are essential assets who contribute to development and growth of organizations and businesses, similar to physical assets such as machines and money. The collective attitudes, abilities and skills of people contribute to organizational performance and productivity. Expenditures in identification, training, development, health and support are an investment, not just an expense.



AFA Leader Development Model


AFA’s leader development model (below) illustrates how the AFA experience plays a role in developing human capital for the agriculture industry. AFA invests in young men and women that share three characteristics – they are talented, passionate and committed to a career in agriculture.

AFA’s mechanisms for leader development are agriculture, experience and academia through which the AFA scholarship, internship and training programs are implemented. AFA’s success comes from its network of unique partnerships which creates an atmosphere that stimulates the development of professionalism, intrapreneurialism and intellectualism – each a key factor in leader development.







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