Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference (AFA) in Kansas City, MO. This was the first time I had attended such an exhibit or conference that is completely centered on collegiate students in agriculture. I represented NASDA at the Opportunity Fair on Friday, which connects college students to employers in agriculture to help students gain knowledge and insight into what a career in agriculture may look like.
At the Opportunity Fair, I was able to exchange information about NASDA’s Stephen Haterius Student Agriculture Leadership Program, a full time policy internship at NASDA’s headquarters, which provides students with the opportunity to gain professional experience in our nation’s capital during the fall, spring and summer semesters. I met many of our future leaders in agriculture; all of the students were enthusiastic about their career paths, and came from diverse backgrounds. I spoke to students who are interested in and/ or studying genome editing, CRISPR technology, agriculture communications, and political science and animal sciences. The talent at AFA is truly matchless!
Throughout my first year at NASDA, I have had the opportunity to recruit and interview interns for this position alongside Britt Aasmundstad; it has been a humbling experience to see how our interns develop both personally and professionally throughout their time at NASDA. I must say that NASDA was quite popular at the Opportunity Fair! I had a non-stop line for four hours of interested students who love the work we do, and are eager to learn more about the legislative process and how policy affects agriculture and the world. Being able to represent an organization I care about, and communicate what we do to talented students was a fulfilling way to end my first year at NASDA.