Two AGEC students find leadership roles through AFA
Written by: Kendell Combs, Agribusiness, Class of 2019
Many students in the AGEC department get involved with Agriculture Future of America at some point during their time at Purdue. According to Agriculture Future of America’s website, the organization “provides premiere personal and professional development programs to college students and young professionals in agriculture.” Their collegiate programming focuses on equipping students as leaders instead of just focusing on leadership training, which is the main attraction for the students who attend their conferences and institutes. After their experiences with AFA, two AGEC students took an extra step to get involved with the organization. Nelson Knobloch was recently chosen as a member of the AFA’s Student Advisory Team and Morgan Lambrecht was chosen as a Purdue AFA Campus Ambassador.
Nelson Knobloch (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Wolcott, IN) got involved with AFA through their Leader Institutes, which led him to apply for their Leader and Academic Scholarships and Leaders Conference. Every time Nelson interacted with AFA, he was impressed by the caliber of students they attract, the quality and value of the content presented during the events, and the overall atmosphere and desire for continual growth and development. “I saw the impact that AFA had on previous student leaders and the way that that were able to serve the organization and all those who interacted with AFA. I gleaned so much from AFA that I wanted to give back and help make that impact in the lives of other students.” As a member of the Student Advisory Team, Nelson’s main role is to collaborate with the rest of the SAT and the AFA Staff to plan, facilitate, and execute Leaders Conference in November. “I’m looking forward to getting work with this fantastic team of student leaders and the AFA throughout the entire process. I’m excited of being a part of the conference development and execution of conference and hope I can make a positive impact on other students and provide them with new opportunities.”
As a Campus Ambassador, Morgan Lambrecht’s (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Bedford, IN) responsibilities in this role include promoting AFA to peers, university faculty and staff and industry professionals as well as setting goals to increase awareness of AFA programs and working to establish creative strategies to accomplish set goals. She wanted to become more involved with AFA because the AFA events she has attended have had a big impact on her and her personal and professional development. Attending the AFA Policy Institute helped her realize her passion for agriculture policy and that she wanted to pursue a career in that sector. “I applied for the role in hopes that I can help recruit students to be a part of the organization and have life changing experiences like I have.” Morgan is most excited to share her story and help students have an opportunity to gain a leg up in their personal and professional lives.
Nelson said that “AFA is a great organization that has helped me grow in so many ways, and I would encourage anyone with an interest in a career in food or agriculture to get involved with this outstanding organization.”