Agriculture Future of America Selects Ten Young Professionals for 2022 Student Advisory Team

January 20, 2022

KANSAS CITY, MO. (January 20, 2022) — Agriculture Future of America (AFA) recently announced the selection of ten college students to serve on the AFA Student Advisory Team — the organization’s national student leader team. These young professionals will represent AFA among peers and industry professionals, and serve as a student voice for AFA.

The Student Advisory Team kicked off their term in December 2021 and will serve through November 2022. The student leaders will focus on assisting AFA staff with the planning and facilitation of programs including AFA Leaders Conference and AFA Leader Institutes.

“We are thrilled to have ten amazing individuals serve our organization through 2022,” says Mark Stewart, AFA president and CEO. “Their eagerness to lead and provide valuable perspectives is integral to the success of AFA and its programs. In commitment to doing business in a youthful spirit, we couldn’t be more excited for these young leaders to bring their talents and experience to table to enhance our organization.”

The Student Advisory Team members receive academic scholarships along with professional training in facilitation, public speaking, customer service and respect and inclusivity, gaining tangible teamwork, event planning and leadership experience for their resume. The Student Advisory Team experience provides real-world professional experience, setting the young leaders up for success as young professionals and beyond. 

AFA’s Student Advisory Team experience has been made possible through strategic partnerships with ADM, Cargill, Inc. and Farm Credit.

2022 Student Advisory Team
Luke Altermatt, Oklahoma State University
Kylie Farmer, Texas Tech University
Jasmine Garza, California State University, Fresno
Hunter Gibson, Oklahoma State University
Ashley Hagenow, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Emily Harold, Iowa State University
Tomi Harrod, Purdue University
Nathan Linke, South Dakota State University
Sally Reed, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Anarra Williams, Tennessee State University

About Agriculture Future of America
AFA builds bridges for young leaders to foster engagement and innovation in food and agriculture through premier leader and career development experiences. With program participation increasing 28% in the last five years, AFA has provided 21,000 leader development experiences to college leaders and young professionals from more than 200 colleges and universities throughout 43 states since its inception in 1996. AFA has awarded more than $10 million in academic and leader development scholarships. For more information about AFA, visit