David Fulton chose the University of Illinois Ag Leadership Education Program because he knew it would help him be successful in his current job at Champaign County Farm Bureau. In his position, his responsibilities include assisting the manager, putting together weekly and monthly newsletters, overseeing Young Ag Leaders, managing various committees, event programming, and FFA relations. Through these events, he is able to meet farmers, county board members, legislators, and agribusiness professionals who make his job so enjoyable.
The College of ACES prepared David by providing opportunities to practice real life applications like delivering speeches, creating lesson plans, managing organizations, and facilitating workshops. In order to excel in his position, David says it’s important to have qualities like adaptability, good communication, patience, and the ability to prioritize. He was able to polish these qualities while working with his peers at the University of Illinois.
David was involved in several student organizations while on campus and he even founded the Pickin’ Illini RSO. Along with playing bluegrass music with his twin brother in The Legend of Levi Morgan, he was involved in Nabor House Fraternity, Collegiate FFA, Folk and Roots Festival, and U of I Rodeo Club. He says he was supported in these roles by the loyal community who invest in the youth attending the university. He says, “The ag community cares deeply about the college and those who are a part of the programs. I’m proud to say my job is in Illini Country!”