Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello all! Kelsey here. I wanted to talk a bit about one of my favorite experiences of my time here at Purdue. Each of the past two years, I have participated in the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Leaders Conference, and I consider my participation to have been extremely valuable.

AFA brings together 500 of the top agricultural students in the country to grow in leadership, network with industry leaders, and plan for a bright future in agriculture. To attend, you must apply and be chosen to be sponsored by a leading agriculture company.  Purdue always represents the largest number of students at the conference; it only goes to show the high caliber of agriculture students that attend the university. Once there, students are split into four "tracks" according to their year in school, where they learn about professional communication, farm succession planning, being an agricultural advocate, project management, and so much more.

To top it off, throughout the entire four-day trip, students are rubbing elbows with some of the best and most influential people in the agriculture industry.  It is an incredible networking resource, and it's impossible to attend not come back a more enlightened, professional, and polished person.

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