AgEcon Student to Serve on National Student Advisory Team


Kansas City, Mo. – April 30, 2013 – Joe Rust, Seymour, Ind., has been selected as a 2013-14 Agriculture Future of America Student Advisory Team member. Rust and the other eight team members represent their peers on a national level and were selected through a competitive application process. The team met with the AFA Campus Ambassadors April 11-13 in Kansas City, Mo., to kick off their year of service and go through training and goal setting exercises.
Rust said agriculture’s purpose is what drew him to the industry and to AFA.
“I am excited to serve AFA and the agricultural industry because of the purpose we have in making the world a better place,” he said. “I am proud to be a part of something that has such a huge impact on our future.”
Throughout the year of service, Rust and his fellow team members will serve as ambassadors between AFA and their college campuses and AFA’s corporate partners. AFA is a non-profit organization providing leader development, intern support and leader and academic scholarships to young men and women pursuing careers in the agriculture and food industry.
“AFA is a national organization that is developing college students to be the future leaders of the agriculture industry,” said Rust.
A major component of the Student Advisory Team’s responsibilities is the planning and delivery of the 2013 AFA Leaders Conference. Held Nov. 7-10 in Kansas City, Mo., this event is AFA’s core leader development program and will draw over 500 collegiate leaders from across the nation. More than 150 industry professionals will engage with Rust and his peers throughout the Conference environment.
Rust is studying agribusiness management at Purdue University. This summer, he is interning with Elanco Animal Health. Rust’s experiences at Purdue and his development through his internship and service with AFA are vital to his future success.  He said, “My involvement in AFA has already had a huge impact on my college career. I know my experience as a member of the Student Advisory Team will be instrumental in developing my skills as a leader in the agricultural industry.”
Rust’s entrance into the AFA leader development program began his freshman year of college when he was selected as an AFA Leaders Conference delegate. Since then, he has completed three years of Conference. In addition to his involvement with AFA, Rust has also been active in other organizations, including Collegiate FFA, Collegiate Farm Bureau, National FFA and Purdue Student Government – serving as president.
About AFA
AFA’s 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, AFA 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. AFA has awarded more than $8 million in academic and leader development scholarships. For more information about AFA, visit or contact Megan Karlin at


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