Shelby Cooper, a junior in Agricultural Science Education (ASE), was recently selected to serve as one of 17 Campus Ambassadors for Agriculture Future of America (AFA). In this role, Cooper and her fellow team members serve as liaisons between AFA and their college campuses and AFA’s corporate partners.
From leadership positions to internships, Cooper pursues experiences that set her apart from her peers and prepare her to pursue her dream of being a voice for agriculture through a career in agricultural education. "AFA has helped me make so many connections and is continually helping me find out how I want to make a difference in the industry. Not being from an agricultural background, I'm always trying to learn more about the daily lives of agriculturalists, the diversity of their activities, and current issues in agriculture", says Cooper. "I would recommend being involved in the organization to anyone who wants to meet collegiate leaders in their academic or interest area, including industry partners looking to network with college students who will be the future of the industry."
AFA is a leader and professional development organization for collegiate leaders and young professionals. Providing leader development, intern support and scholarships, AFA seeks to be a catalyst in the preparation of a new generation of agriculture leaders.