Cal Poly Agribusiness Management student Christine Curtis has expanded her hands-on experiences to include Agriculture Future of America. Read below to learn more about her travels with a number of students to an action-packed conference in Kansas City, MO, as well as how she is growing AFA on the Cal Poly campus.
By Christine Curtis
Last November, 14 students represented the Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at Agriculture Future of America’s (AFA) Annual Leaders’ Conference in Kansas City, MO. These students applied and were selected to be an AFA sponsored delegate after showing that they are leaders on campus and share a fierce passion for agriculture. AFA is a non-profit organization whose vision is to create partnerships that identify, encourage and support outstanding college men and women pursuing careers in agriculture. At this year’s conference, AFA’s anchor event, there were 630 students in attendance which represented student involvement from 43 different states and over 200 universities. These students participated in a four-track program based on their year in school that covered everything from personal and industry development, communication, influencing change, and lifelong learning. They heard from many motivational speakers and got countless opportunities to interact with industry professionals. At Leaders’ Conference, there is roughly a 3:1 ratio of industry professionals to students giving participants a unique opportunity to network with future employers in a personal atmosphere.
As a Campus Ambassador, I have gotten the privilege to motivate Cal Poly to get involved with this amazing organization. AFA has shaped me into a bold and confident leader as I grow into my professional career. But I can say wholeheartedly that I have never been involved in such a caring organization that wants to aid motivated students in becoming huge influencers of the future of agriculture. After attending Leaders’ Conference and seeing the compassionate atmosphere and the all-star students involved, the level of passion in the agriculture industry rose and radiated all the way back to our campus. This gives me hope and excitement for the direction of the future of agriculture. With all the interactions with leaders of the industry and other students from all around the nation, we develop a huge network of endless contacts. AFA is an outlet where students can grow professionally and personally into amazing influencers in the agriculture industry. My hope is that California as a state gets more involved in this organization and that more Cal Poly students make a national impact on the industry because of their training and involvement in AFA.
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