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May 7, 2013

Agriculture students to serve as Agriculture Future of America leaders

Submitted by Logan Britton

Casey Droddy, Princeton, Kan., and Jake Erceg, Talent, Ore., have been selected as members of the 2013-2014 Agriculture Future of America leadership team. Droddy will serve in the role as a student advisory team member and Erceg will take the role as a campus ambassador.

Droddy, junior in agricultural communications and journalism and animal sciences and industry, and the other eight team members represent their peers on a national level and were selected through a competitive application process. Erceg, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, is one of 16 students selected through a competitive application process to represent Agriculture Future of America, or AFA, on their respective campuses and to the organization’s corporate partners.

Throughout the year of service, Droddy and her fellow team members will serve as ambassadors between Agriculture Future of America and their college campuses and the organization's corporate partners. Erceg and his fellow ambassadors will foster the organization's relationships with students, faculty and staff on their campuses. 

Agriculture Future of America is a nonprofit organization providing leader development, intern support and leader and academic scholarships to young men and women pursuing careers in the agriculture and food industry.

A major component of their responsibilities is the staffing, planning and delivery of the 2013 Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference. Set for Nov. 7-10 in Kansas City, Mo., this event is the organization's core leader development program and will draw more than 500 collegiate leaders from across the nation. More than 150 industry professionals will engage with Droddy and Erceg and their peers throughout the conference environment.

About Agriculture Future of America

its mission is to create partnerships that identify, encourage and support outstanding college men and women who are preparing for careers in the agriculture and food industry. With student participation increasing 70 percent in the last five years, Agriculture Future of America's leader development programs have impacted 9,000 college leaders and young professionals from more than 200 colleges and universities throughout 43 states since its inception in 1996. The organization has awarded more than $8 million in academic and leader development scholarships. For more information about Agriculture Future of America, visit the website or contact Megan Karlin at Megan.Karlin@agfuture.org.