Purdue student to serve as Agriculture Future of America Ambassador

Grace Hasler is motivated and determined to make a positive impact on the world. As a sophomore at Purdue University studying agricultural economics, she is off to a good start.

From work experiences to leadership and volunteer opportunities, Hasler pursues experiences that set her apart from her peers and prepare her to pursue a career in agriculture and food. Most recently, she was selected as an Agriculture Future of America Ambassador. 

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. Hasler and her fellow team members will interact with agribusiness leaders, campus faculty and fellow students as they represent AFA during their year of service. 

“AFA’s Leader Development programs forge channels for communication between the future leaders and the current trailblazers of the agriculture industry. These channels create openings for students to explore careers and research opportunities they may not otherwise have access to,” she said. 

Hasler and the other 24 Ambassadors were selected through a competitive application process to increase awareness of AFA programs on their campuses and in their regions. Hasler says she is looking forward to her experiences. 

“Promoting and developing awareness of AFA on my campus is a great honor. It excites me to think that I could be the initiating factor for students on Purdue’s campus that are interested in taking steps to a deeper understanding of the agriculture industry. There is no better organization in which to become inspired, and I am thrilled to share AFA’s message with Purdue students,” Hasler said. 

Ambassadors will also interact with industry professionals at various events and meetings on behalf of AFA. The health of AFA’s relationship with a college campus relies heavily on the work of our Ambassadors. Hasler says she is looking forward to sharing the AFA experience with other students.

Hasler said, “I have never been more impassioned, more inspired or more ecstatic than when I attended my first AFA Leaders Conference. Beginning my relationship with AFA inspired me. That inspiration has led to professional and personal connections that are leading to internship opportunities, connections and friendships that mean more to me than I could have ever imagined.”

Hasler's entrance into the AFA leader development programs began in 2018 when she was selected for AFA Leaders Conference. Since then, she has attended Conference again and represented AFA at National Ag Day. In addition to her involvement with AFA, she has also been active in other organizations including Collegiate Farm Bureau, Purdue International Programs in Agriculture and Purdue Agricultural Council.

About AFA

AFA builds bridges for young leaders to foster engagement and innovation in food and agriculture. With program participation increasing 28% in the last five years, AFA has provided 21,000 leader development experiences to college leaders and young professionals from more than 200 colleges and universities throughout 43 states since its inception in 1996. AFA has awarded more than $10 million in academic and leader development scholarships. For more information about AFA, visit www.agfuture.org.

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