CEO's Message

Agriculture needs strong leaders—people with passion and talent who believe in themselves and the future, who are committed to making a difference and who are willing to embrace the challenges of the 21st century.

Agriculture Future of America (AFA) is a 501(c)3 organization committed to being a catalyst in the preparation of the next generation of agricultural leaders. AFA develops partnerships with rural community leaders, association and business representatives and educators from colleges and universities that identify college men and women who will be industry leaders. Once identified, young leaders are provided the opportunity to strengthen their leadership foundation through participation in AFA programming.

AFA believes the foundation for strong leadership is not only an academic education; in today’s world, a student requires additional value-added experiences to be fully prepared to enter the workforce. AFA programs and experiences are designed as a resource for students who seek value-added opportunities. AFA is a catalyst for students by providing academic scholarships, leader training, career and professional coaching and by promoting experiential opportunities through internships, global studies, virtual programming and special interest learning events.

On behalf of AFA’s Board of Directors, Student Advisory Team, Alliance Committee, professional staff, our partner organizations and individual investors, it is my pleasure to welcome you to AFA’s website. I encourage you to explore the site and learn about the various opportunities AFA offers college men and women and young professionals in this dynamic industry known as agriculture.

K. Russell Weathers