AFA Selects Student Ambassadors
Kansas City, MO – Feb. 17, 2020 – Agriculture Future of America has selected 25 Ambassadors to serve for the organization’s 2021 fiscal year, from March 1, 2020 to Feb. 28, 2021. These students represent 25 schools from 21 states. During their year of service, these students will interact with agribusiness leaders, campus faculty and fellow students as they represent AFA.
“AFA has always valued students as leaders,” said Mark Stewart, AFA president and CEO. “These 25 AFA Ambassadors have been selected to represent our organization on their campuses, in their regions and nationally as we work to build bridges to foster engagement and innovation in food and agriculture. This highly competitive group was chosen because of their passion and commitment to agriculture and AFA.”
The AFA Ambassadors set goals to increase awareness of AFA programs on their campuses and in their regions and work to establish creative strategies to accomplish those goals. Ambassadors will also interact with industry professionals at various events and meetings on behalf of AFA. The health of AFA’s relationship with a college campus relies heavily on the work of our Ambassadors.
“As AFA’s director of collegiate relations, one of my main objectives is to diversify our student participation in our programs so that our group of students represents the enrollment in agriculture programs throughout the United States,” said Ashley Collins. “When we have a strong Ambassador on a college campus, we see strong applications and participation from that campus. I’m excited to be able to work alongside this group of Ambassadors as we work to reach more students on more campuses.”
On average, 66% of the applicants to AFA’s leader development programs come from a school where AFA has an active Ambassador.
The Ambassador’s first meeting will be in April. This will be a joint meeting with the AFA Student Advisory Team and will include team building, inclusivity training and planning for their year of service. AFA’s student leadership program has been made possible through strategic partnership with the CHS Foundation.
2020-21 AFA Ambassadors
Kayla Bashore, University of Florida
Lily Beasley, University of Kentucky
Kendra Betz, Missouri State University
Jailynn Britt, University of Maryland - Eastern Shore
JC Campbell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Erin Chalupa, Iowa State University
Sophie Chance, North Carolina State University
Landry Cunningham, Texas A&M University
Morgan Duenke, Northwest Missouri State University
Kalie Ellis, Tennessee State University
Ines Frazier, Prairie View A&M University
Morgan Hasler, North Dakota State University
Grace Hasler, Purdue University
Joseph Jangulo, Illinois State University
Morgan Kanemoto, California State University - Fresno
Tori McGuire, Fort Valley State University
Tiffany Patrick, Virginia State University
Alan Ramos, University of Idaho
Patrick Rush, The Pennsylvania State University
Claire Sheppard, Oklahoma State University
Nicole Stafford, Kansas State University
Caleb Swears, University of Arkansas
Cara Teigum, South Dakota State University
Julie Ustach, Utah State University
Haylee Young, Texas Tech University